Em­u­lat­ing a Model

Southasia - - Editor's Mail -

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

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