September 5, 2012 3:41:33 pm
Pakistan’s establishment has realised that it is now time for it to befriend India so that it may thrust forward in central Asia,a leading Pakistani intellectual and political activist has said.
“Pakistan establishment has realized that it is time now to befriend India so that they may thrust forward in Central Asia,” Professor Amin Mughal said at a function organised to launch Subhash Chopra’s book ‘Partition,South Asia after bin Laden,Jihad and Peace’ at the Nehru centre here.
Mughal said: “a large section of the society in Pakistan has been theocratised. It is not only the army but also the civil society itself.”
He said,”unless the education system is thoroughly secularized,one cannot hope to turn the corner and a change in a curriculum takes a generation to take root.”
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Answering questions on the outcome of the talks between External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar later this week,he said,”things may move forward. But after some time,it will be skuttled. It is worth trying. Any effort towards peace is worth trying.”
Speaking on the occasion,Chopra said: “I welcome the talks.The dialogue must not be stopped.”
Chopra said his book deals with the prospect of peace which is very achievable inspite of four wars and several explosions including the 2008 Mumbai attack.
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