Beggar at Ghazi Chowk


Peaceful Indians.

21 Apr 2010

Liaquat H Merchant writes in this letter to the Editor of Dawn:

“Jaswant Singh makes out a strong case for accepting the reality of Pakistan and respecting its sovereignty and territorial integrity much like Prime Minister Vajpayee did in 1999. He can be called an ambassador of India-Pakistan unity and his call for a ‘constituency of peace’ in the subcontinent is surely worthy of support.

Pakistanis would concur with his proposal of dialogue for resolution of all differences.”

While I appreciate the sentiment, I must say that many Pakistanis will not be so convinced by this. Many still view India as the enemy. But thought like this is important in changing their minds. However, we can no longer assume that we think peacufully and Indians do not. I just think it’s plain not true.