Emulating a Model
Your cover story on the FrancoGerman Friendship treaty and its relevance to the Indo-Pak case was both informative and engaging. It was eyeopening to discover that two hostile countries that had been embroiled in decades long wars, agreed to reconcile and bring peace for the greater harmony of the region. Today, France and Germany share an amiable relationship, one that barely illustrates the animosity that previously characterized their relationship.
Though a great argument was presented in your cover story, one of your authors correctly stated that the case cannot entirely be relevant in the historic India-Pakistan scenario for the simple reason that innumerable outlying issues continue to jeopardize the relationship, time and again. Any time the two countries take a few steps forward, whether it is through the Aman
ki Asha initiative or on a governmentto-government level concerning trade or visa regimes, positive overtures are often abandoned for the sake of a military strife. Progress will continue to remain half-hearted until and unless both countries do not show political maturity and clearly distinguish initiatives from military cooperation or breakdown. What is necessary is to emulate a treaty of friendship and regional cooperation, and its consistency, which remains lacking for India and Pakistan, both of which have a hostile history, a constant shuffling of political parties and have made only a half-hearted attempt to move forward together.
Natasha Akbar Karachi, Pakistan