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Zardari asks India to ‘resist striking out at his government’- Hindustan Times


Zardari asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to “resist striking out at his (Pakistan’s) government should investigations show that Pakistani militant groups were responsible for the attacks”, the Financial Times reported.

The president warned that provocation by rogue “non-state actors” posed the danger of a return to war between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

“Even if the militants are linked to Lashker-e-Taiba, who do you think we are fighting?” Zardari told the daily, referring to Pakistan’s operations against Al-Qaeda and Taliban on the border with Afghanistan. (via Zardari asks India to ‘resist striking out at his government’- Hindustan Times)

Zardari is the first Pakistani …

Zardari is the first Pakistani leader who makes sense in the last few decades. While others (Pakistani and Indian leaders) have made pious declarations of peace, it has been Zardari who underpinned these declarations with logic. It is the overwhelming logic which appeals to me.

The Pakistan nation is actually 5 parts – The army, the ISI, the politicians, the 22 families and then there are the rest. No one in Pakistan talks to anyone. Each has contempt for the other four. And all five have separate agenda.

In such a situation, a lone Zardari may not be enough for Pakistan – or India.

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  1. galeo rhinus
    December 1, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    remember that the the hyphen in India-Pakistan is the US.

    Therefore, reading too much into Zardari’s “cooperation” might be premature.

    What this looks like is the US is treating this as “their” problem and taking a “leadership” position…

    …the only reason why this can happen is because of the vacuum in India’s political leadership and and absence of autonomy in thought…

    Despite your attempts to absolve the politicians of their responsibilities and failures (in other posts), the answers are indeed with Political leadership (not bureaucracy) to managing Pakistan…

    …stop being an apologist for the current political regime 😦

  2. December 2, 2008 at 10:55 am

    1. the vacuum in India’s political leadership

    Precisely my point … and it is not just political leadership, but academic and bureaucratic as well.

    2. absence of autonomy in thought

    ditto .. same as above.

    3. attempts to absolve the politicians of their responsibilities and failures (in other posts)

    There is no absolution … ever. So, my attempts (as you allege) to do so are meaningless.

    What I am trying to do is to point to feeding frenzy in the Indian media against the politicians – where the bureaucrats are going scot free.

    4. the answers are indeed with Political leadership (not bureaucracy) to managing Pakistan…

    I think, both the political and administrative class have a role to play. If not, why have 55 lakh permanent employees on the tax payers back?

    5. stop being an apologist for the current political regime 😦

    I have no reason to join this feeding frenzy or be an apologist. As an Indian, my (country’s) interests are paramount – and that is what I am interested in.

    Political parties, IMHO, are less relevant that you would like me to believe.

  3. galeo rhinus
    December 2, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    I did not realize that there are people who are actually impressed by the bureaucracy…

    …I fail to understand how people can dislike the politicians but like the bureaucracy!

    In that context – relatively – I think Indian politics in general is far better than many other nations.

    IMO – bureaucracy is not even relevant – since they are supposed to be following the directives of the political leaders.

    The buck must stop with the political leadership – the elected leaders – not bureaucracy.

    I am sure some bureaucrats must take blame and stand aside – but to me that’s less important than the responsibility the elected leaders hold.

    I also would like to say – that the recent movement to damn the entire political system is dangerous…

  4. December 3, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Indian politics in general is far better than many other nations.

    I couldn’t agree more.

    IMO – bureaucracy is not even relevant – since they are supposed to be following the directives of the political leaders.The buck must stop with the political leadership – the elected leaders – not bureaucracy. I am sure some bureaucrats must take blame and stand aside – but to me that’s less important than the responsibility the elected leaders hold.

    I would say that some bureaucrats must be fired!! Period. Along with a some politicians. That will be leadership.

    I also would like to say – that the recent movement to damn the entire political system is dangerous…

    Damned dangerous. Outright stupidity. Completely negative. Totally one -sided.

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