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India and Pakistan, not enemies
India and Pakistan are constantly at logger heads. Since the time of its inception, Pakistan has always declared its enmity with India. However, this enmity is not Pakistan's prime cause of concern anymore
THE SITUATION between India and Pakistan reminds us of the Aesop’s fable – the story of the monkey who saw two cats quarrelling over a loaf of bread. America is the monkey in the real life ‘fable’ of India and Pakistan.

The US is very cleverly using the quarrel between the two neighbours to make profits for itself. Now, it is the threat to its own existence, which has led America to pressurise Pakistan to regard India as its strategic partner in its fight against global terrorism, unleashed by Taliban and Al Qaeda.

The defeat of Pakistani forces in Bangladesh was just one reason for the embitterment between the two countries, while the Kashmir issue is a source of eternal disbelief and mistrust. America has encouraged terrorism by providing military aid to Pakistan for fighting against its declared enemies and India has been their number one enemy so far. But both the countries are now tired of fighting each other.

Fundamental forces compel the Pakistani leaders to express acrimony against India. The vast amount of money spent for defence, could be used for welfare activities and achieving self reliance. Excessive antagonism has made India and Pakistan dependent on America. The realisation that India is not its prime enemy, should dawn on Pakistan of its own accord and not because of the pressure of an external force.

Asif Ali Zardari, the President of Pakistan, only a few days back made the historical comment that India is not Pakistan’s enemy. Incredible but true – he did say that. Gone are the days when Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, gave the slogan of 'Thousand wars against Hindustan'. The Pakistani leaders described India as 'Hindustan', although they very well knew that crores of Muslims live in India. Hindustan is the enemy and they will, if necessary, eat grass to prepare for the Armageddon against India, they used to say.

At long last, however, the truth has dawned on these leaders. Those who used to break the glass of others’ windows, their own windows are not safe anymore. The terrorists, who were so long instigated to attack and destabilise India, have become dangerous to the internal sovereignty of Pakistan itself. This realisation will have its long term effect on the Indo-Pak economy. Both, India and Pakistan, are now strategic allies of America in the Asian subcontinent. So the remark of the President Zardari is very significant; and we Indians welcome it. It is also significant in this context that the change is noticeable in Kashmir. The separatist leaders are contesting in the election; the democratic process has won. Zardari’s comment is only the beginning. The two neighbours have been dreaming about good relations since a long time; it started with the Simla agreement. But many other divisive forces came in the way of the development of a friendship between the two nations.

At last, Pakistan has realised that the enemy comes from within – the Taliban. Indeed, this is a great realisation. India will certainly welcome this change. Too much of dependence on America, after all, will not be necessary if the two countries develop a bond of friendship among themselves.

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