PAKISTAN’S TRAVAILS

This is in response to the article, ‘Pakistan’s travails’ (KT, August 14) by Mahir Ali. It is heartening to note the feelings that were expressed by Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah to his deputy Liaquat Ali Khan in one of his discussion with him.

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Published: Sat 17 Aug 2013, 12:03 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 5:08 PM

How far these feelings can be corroborated is anybody’s guess. All those who were in power in India and Pakistan, distorted facts either by suppressing the truth or by deletion.

However, no matter what the facts are, the indisputable fact remans that both Mahatma Gandhi and Jinnah have become father figures in their respective countries and both of them richly deserve their place in history. It is now a well-documented fact that both nations are now in a position to develop across all sectors and challenge Western economies. But vested interests on both sides of the border fail to see the writing on the wall and come to an understanding that will allow both to take on the West. Both countries have millions of educated and enlightened people in all fields. It is time they spend a little time in motivating society towards a realistic goal of brotherly relations, development, peace and welfare for all irrespective of religion, caste or creed.

What we can deliver is more important than what we have taken from our elders. I sincerely appeal to all the learned people on both sides of the divide to come out and start a campaign to change the hearts and minds of our fellow citizens.

V Sreenivasa Murthy, by email



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