12 May, 2021

A Midstream Game For You And Me

Besieged in Af-Pak and festering with sores, Pakistan sees the virtues of peace with India

AFP (From Outlook, May 07, 2012)
A Midstream Game For You And Me

Being “tailed” is a common experience for most visitors to Pakistan, particularly those from India. For Indian journalists, it approaches leech-like adherence. Usually one gets followed around in a two-wheeler; however, persons of exalted status get followed by spooks in a car. But being escorted through the busy streets of Lahore with jeep-loads of armed commandos is a novel experience for an Indian journo. After decades of hostility and four wars, Pakistan seems to have embarked on a public relations overdrive to deliver a simple message to India: “We want peace and normal relations.”

The paraphernalia with the armed cars, the wide access given to the visiting media team from New Delhi to places like Swat, Rawalpindi, even Pakistan-occupied Kashmir/Azad Kashmir—areas mostly out of bounds—are all part of the charm offensive.

“We are willing to do business with India with a new mindset,” Pakistan’s foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar told Outlook. She added,...

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