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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
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Moving forward

Apropos "Time to walk the peace talk, again" by Ashok Tuteja (Sunday Tribune, May 19), there is an opportunity for India to display vision and bigness of heart. We should be ready to reciprocate Nawaz Sharif's warmth, provided he is sincere and will keep his word despite pressures from the Pakistan army and extremists. Most Pakistani leaders have used India as a tool for their survival. Pakistan must view India as a well-wisher and Imran Khan should help him strengthen democracy.

Col (retd) RD Singh, Ambala

II

It's a very optimistic notion that Pakistan is serious about friendly talks with India. Before taking any decision, India must not forget the meshwork between China and Pakistan, which indicates we must exercise caution. It must not be forgotten that China recently took control of the strategic Gwadar Port in Pakistan. The recent Chinese invasion in the Ladakh sector and construction of a dam over the Brahmaputra are a cause for concern. But, yes, the quest for peace must go on.

Kanika Singh, mail

III

Everything takes time. Democracy has not stabilised in Pakistan and it is facing internal turmoil. Peace talks make no sense. We have a bitter history of four wars with Pakistan. Sharif should set his own house in order first. Pakistan must stop funding separatists and terror outfits. Only then can peace talks begin.

Capt Amar Jeet Kumar, Mohali





Baby steps

Reference to the article, "What Manmohan should really write to Nawaz" by Raj Chengappa (Ground Zero, May 19), democracy in Pakistan will augur well for India and will ensure stability in the subcontinent. However, an immediate thaw in ties cannot be expected. Improvement in ties is possible only when the Pakistan army, the clergy and the hardliners corroborate a change of heart.

Govind Singh Khimta, Shimla

II

The letter reflects the sentiments of every Indian. Sharif's win can be the beginning of a new chapter in the Indo-Pak ties if both governments go ahead with determination to improve bilateral relations. If Pakistan takes up the CBMs seriously, it could pave the way to win India's trust and strengthen the ties.

Hardesh Goswami, Bhiwani

III

The PMs response to Sharif's invitation is impressive, expressing hope of durable peace. However, it is a pipe dream, keeping in mind the Pakistan army's role in running the country's foreign affairs and the pressure from terror groups. The efforts to restore peace, improve relations and work for economic growth are meaningless unless Pakistan changes its anti-India stance.

Ravinder Singh, Jalandhar





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