Cor­ri­dor to peace be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan

Gulf News - - Your Turn - ■ The reader is an of­fice man­ager, based in Dubai. By M. Mum­taz Hus­sain

Open­ing of the Kar­tarpur cor­ri­dor is a re­sult of Pak­istan’s ef­forts to nor­malise ties with In­dia and is a good de­ci­sion. The en­tire Sikh com­mu­nity is very happy with this ini­tia­tive taken by the Pak­istan gov­ern­ment and is look­ing for­ward to a very promis­ing fu­ture. Pak­istan be­lieves that the move should be an ex­am­ple to the rest of the world, and it is hoped that the cor­ri­dor would open other av­enues of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

Pak­istan through this ges­ture of good­will once again made it clear to the world that they have al­ways stood for peace. It is im­por­tant to note that peo­ple liv­ing along the Line of Con­trol (LoC) have been the worst af­fected by the con­flict be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan. Open­ing of all tra­di­tional routes be­tween these two neigh­bour­ing coun­tries would in­crease con­tacts, lead­ing to bet­ter un­der­stand­ing be­tween the two com­mu­ni­ties.

There have been nu­mer­ous at­tempts to im­prove the re­la­tion­ships be­tween both coun­tries such as Shimla Sum­mit, the Saarc Sum­mit, Agra Sum­mit, La­hore Sum­mit and more.

How­ever, over the last 70 years of their in­de­pen­dence, re­la­tions be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan have been plagued by hos­til­ity and sus­pi­cion.

There are ex­am­ples in the world of many neigh­bour­ing coun­tries that have ended their con­flicts and re­moved the border re­stric­tions, al­low­ing their re­spec­tive cit­i­zens to en­joy visa-free travel to each other’s coun­tries. As a re­sult, their cul­ture, trade and ties are be­com­ing more and more strength­ened.

The line drawn in blood be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan was the out­come of a di­vide and rule pol­icy of the Bri­tish. Re­gret­fully to­day’s lead­ers on both sides are still con­tin­u­ing with this prac­tice.

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