Indo-Pak : Violent neighbourhood

Editorial- Violent neighbourhood


Hinduism is said to be a non-violent religion, Buddhism is supposed to be synonymous with ahinsa and Islam, they say, means peace. Yet the followers of these faiths inhabiting the countries of South Asia have been perpetrators and victims of violence as perhaps no other region of the world in the last two decades.

In the early ’80s we thought that, like others in the world, it was time we too came together as good neighbours and worked out a pact of mutual cooperation and collective welfare. Thus in 1983 the Declaration on South Asian Regional Cooperation was adopted by the foreign ministers of seven countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – in New Delhi. Two years later the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was formally established. On India’s initiative, Afghanistan was welcomed to the SAARC club in 2005 as its eighth member.

The objectives of SAARC as defined in its Charter are noble:

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Gandhi in Karachi, Sindh

By: Amar Guriro

The next time you are near Urdu Bazaar, look up at a building opposite it to see one of the Subcontinent’s most famous faces looking down at you

Gandhi makes the shopkeepers of Bahadur Shah Market in Karachi smile even today. It’s their private little joke that unbeknownst to thousands of people who pass by each day, have the Indian icon smiling down at them.

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India and Pakistan are ‘siblings’: says Fatima Bhutto

Islamabad (PTI): Describing India and Pakistan as “siblings”, slain former Pakistani premier Benazir Bhutto’s fiery niece Fatima Bhutto said there was more fortune in peace between the “two sister nations” than war.

“We have, like siblings, more in common than we appreciate and our differences, though vast, are not impossible to overcome.

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