Pakistan and India: Will there ever be peace?

A panel of political leaders and journalists from around the world weighed in on the consistent conversation of Indian and Pakistani peace relations at Parliament in London.

On July 19, the panel discussed ways the two nations could reach peace, while some suggested that peace was not attainable, but co-existing and learning to live with one another was.

An editor from the Asian Journal, Aamir Ghauri, said, “Both of these countries have completely failed to come to peace with each other. India and China have, now, again become one of the largest economies. If the world economy is moving toward China and India…unless these rifts are solved, I think we can actually have real trouble.”

The rift between the two countries is historic, growing after claims that Pakistan attacked India‘s largest city, Mumbai, in 2008. However, many do not realize the impact that the relationship between the two has on the rest of the world.

“[The awareness of Pakistan and India] has taken on added urgency because they are now both nuclear armed nations. If this hostility reaches a flashpoint, you could even have a nuclear war. If anything happens it could affect the whole of the world. It’s a global issue,” said Rita Payne, the chair of the Commonwealth Journalist Association in the UK.

In an article, that was published earlier this year, on the BBC news website, the top diplomat to India, Nirupama Rao, is quoted as vying to continue contact with Pakistan. Rao told reporters the conversation between both countries were useful.

Payne added, “So, basically, you have reduced expectations. You don’t expect peace overnight; at all maybe. But, at least…look at it [in] little ways. Maybe economically, maybe culturally.”

During the discussion, a list of possible outcomes in the future was looked at.

A diplomatic stand-off could happen.
India and Pakistan may end up never resolving their disputes.
(The most desirable) Both countries may adopt a problem-solving approach.

Some say, the countries cannot achieve economic success if they don’t reach peace.

Sir Hilary Synnot, one of the panelists, said he seeks to remain neutral in the dispute between both nations. He also said he has lived in both nations and the issues going on in both are very important.
In an article published on UPI.com,an article published on UPI.com, http://www.upi.com/Top_News/International/2010/07/15/Pakistan-India-seek-peace-and-answers India’s Foreign Minister, S.M. Krishna brought a peace message to Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi. According to the article, the leaders have made progress in their dealings. However, they are both still in disagreement over which one was responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks in India. Pakistan insists India releases any evidence they have against the ones accused in the attack, and India is still accusing the Pakistani government of being directly involved in the attacks.

“If peace does not come to India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, where both India and Pakistan have huge stake now, America may be spending a lot of money, may be losing a lot of innocent soldiers, without getting anything. So, that’s why if peace does not come…[who knows] what can happen,” said Ghauri.

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