?Unimpeded talks only way for lasting detente between Pakistan, India?

Around 70 sessions on various topics of literary, cultural, educational and political matters were convened at the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) 2018 which ended on Sunday.

One of the sessions held on the final day was titled ‘Love Thy Neighbour: India-Pakistan Relations’. The discussants were Mani Shankar Aiyar, former Indian Consul General in Karachi; Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, former ambassador to the United States and High Commissioner in India; and Asad Sayeed. The session was moderated by former professor of international relations at the Karachi University, Khalida Ghaus.

Aiyar, who set the ball rolling with his speech, said that the only way to achieve a meaningful and lasting détente between India and Pakistan was uninterruptible dialogue. He equated his efforts to bring about a lasting change with the ‘Myth of Sisyphus’, where Sisyphus pushes a large rock up a mountain to make it to the summit and each time it slipped down.

He said that if Partition had not…

Original published: 2018-02-12 05:00:00 Read the full Karachi News here


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