30 July, 2021

'Yet To See India's Passion For Peace'

'We don't see any evidence of LeT activity that is prejudicial,' says the Pakistan PM. 'I believe you must have a passion for peace. We in Pakistan, President Musharaf and I, have a passion for peace.'

Jitender Gupta
'Yet To See India's Passion For Peace'

A long and winding drive takes us to the residence of Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, located on an elevation in Islamabad. The elegant residence is far more sophisticated and plush than the home of his Indian counterpart. Over a cup of tea and snacks, the former banker and finance minister, projected as the face of modern Pakistan, spoke to Saba Naqvi Bhaumik for close to an hour both on tape and off the record. Full text of the interview, excerpts from which appear in print magazine:

India has called off the peace process after the Mumbai blasts and pointed a finger at Pakistan.

Terrorism in general is something we all have to fight. It knows no borders. The world has realised we have to fight this scourge together. It can damage all humanity today and tomorrow. The incidents in Mumbai are deplorable and the president and I immediately gave statements condemning this. The authorities in India and here are investigating and we have said that if you want Pakistan to help in any way all, please tell us. But I am sure they are at it...

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