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PM Nawaz Sharif bats for cooperation, closer ties with India

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  1. illusion8

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    Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today said that his PML-N party has pursued a policy of friendship and cooperation with India ever since its previous stints in power and will continue to do so to promote peace and prosperity in the region.

    The Prime Minister expressed these views in a meeting of Pak-India Joint Business Council at the Prime Minister's House, his office said.

    "It has always been his utmost endeavour to bring the peoples of the two South Asian neighbours closer to each other so that they can benefit from each other's experiences," an official statement said.

    Expressing his satisfaction over the visit of Indian businessmen under the auspices of Pak-India Joint Business Council, Sharif said, "It is reassuring that both sides are sitting together and talking to each other."

    The Prime Minister told the meeting that he had directed Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Water & Power, to visit India and explore potential areas of cooperation between the two countries.

    Sharif told the Indian businessmen that his government is following investor-friendly policies.

    "We are facing acute power shortage in our country and any assistance in the power sector would help us in addressing the issue," he added.

    Indian members of the Council informed the Prime Minister that being located in the same region and facing similar problems, India can be of great help in providing support in the fields of medical science, higher education and technical and vocational training.

    The meeting also discussed Non Discriminatory Market Access and agreed that the industrialists of both the countries should be provided a level-playing field.


    Pervez Rashid, Minister for Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage and Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and senior officials also attended the meeting.

    Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif bats for cooperation, closer ties with India - Indian Express
    @muse, @FaujHistorian, @Bang Galore - positive steps in the right direction?
     
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    Lets resolve the K issue maturely making LOC as International border. Establish Free trade agreement, grant access to India to reach Afghanistan and similarly Pakistan should be granted access to BD and south east Asia. Get rid of extremism, provide quality education to kids not the distorted hate filled one, provide electricity, water to all. provide jobs to youth.

    These are things for Nawaz to accomplish and then there be peace in the region.
     
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    Great sentiments but are they realistic? while NS may have good intentions i doubt he has the power to accomplish those.
     
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    NS has good intentions ? :cheesy:

    Pakistan's Punjab govt allocates millions of rupees for JuD centre | Deccan Chronicle

    LeJ

     
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    Well now this has me stumped .......so when you said "while NS may have good intentions" ....what did you mean ?
     
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    Mate, I appreciate your views. However, its too much too expect from Pakistan. :undecided:
     
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    Do Pakistanis/ Indians who want to have the LOC become the International Border really want a treaty that says this?

    Or can both accept a Gentleman's agreement?

    No Pakistani government in the near future will sign any piece of paper that lets the LOC become the Intl Border.

    The final score comes down to if NS can get something. Talk is Cheap, you need to walk the walk.
     
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    Mate, read the next line too. He was sarcastic.
     
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    "Great sentiments but are they realistic? while NS may have good intentions i doubt he has the power to accomplish those" .....THIS is Sarcasm ? ? ? :cheesy: ....In which parallel universe ?

    First question may be construed as 'cynical' ....not sarcastic.

    The Second sentence says that while there is a chance that NS can have good intentions, his ability to translate that good intentions into anything substantive on the ground is suspect.

    This is the normal way of comprehending the statement.

    My reply was to the basic premise .....that NS intentions is good.

    Is it my comprehension the issue or his inability to express himself properly ? :coffee:
     
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    Fair enough. We don't need an agreement just an understanding of how we will proceed. Forget about making the LoC the IB, just get on with other things on the agenda while paying lip service to the "core" issues. We will however have to see some response on the ground before any security related issues can be taken forward. Gentleman's agreement won't work in Siachen, there we must just opt for a calmer status quo.
     
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    Gentleman's agreement are between Gentlemen. That can rule out pakistan as one of the parties to any such agreement.

    In any case Siachen is a non issue for India. The issue is for pakistan where they cannot afford to keep up with us. Now if they want to de-escalate they have to offer something in return. Something that is controllable by India and not vague promises that depend on pakistan goodwill (this bit is an oxymoron).

    Govt. to govt. exchanges is certainly not advisable as it is subject to pakistani whim's and fancies. Sarabjit horrific murder was a case in point.

    The only thing is to open up our markets to each other without trade restrictions. However given the state support to terrorists in pakistan, how can India ever truly trust any pakistani who gets a visa and visits India ? The last time even an american pakistani David Headley who was let in, used our gullibility to do recon for the Mumbai Attack.

    We need to ask ourselves is it worth it ? ..........if so, what is the minimum trade expectations that will cover our increase in cost of providing security cover to Indians to take care of this additional risks.

    I do not see any Indian govt. doing this risk analysis. Certainly not the present day congress govt.
     
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    I beg to differ, we need to push to make LOC into IB.There is uncertainty looming over pakistan for we never know how long this government will be in power and how long before the taliban or some radical group takes power then that gentlemans agreement is off.Last time NS batted for peace we had Kargil come up, so what next this time:devil:
     
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    To all posters from India (India origin)

    Would you rather have a PM in Pakistan that does the firebrand speeches against India?

    Huh?


    We can spend 10000000 hours discussing the "true intentions" of a politician, any politician be an Indian or a Pakistani.

    10000000 hours, and we still may not figure that out.


    So the best thing is to "appreciate" the peace overtures, and discuss what "both sides" could do to increase the harmony in the region.


    Peace
     
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    What does ties translate to? I see, more transit aid and as a result more tax on Pakistanis... on the horizon?