Kolkata: Hoping that the leaderships of India and Pakistan would show courage to rectify their complicated relationship, Pakistani politician Waleed Iqbal on Friday said that India should show a big heart and accept the responsibility if it wants to become a superpower.
"India is a large country and should show a big heart. In this region it is the biggest and other nations are small. You are aspiring to be a superpower but with the concept of power and superpower there comes a responsibility as well," Waleed Iqbal, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader, told reporters here.
He is also the grandson of famous Urdu poet Muhammad Iqbal who penned the popular song 'Saare Jahan Se Achcha'.
Waleed was here to receive the posthumous Tarana-e-Hindi award from the West Bengal government-run Urdu Academy.
Asked to comment on Indo-Pak ties, he said that every nation has the right to be powerful and big but with that there is also a need to exhibit a big heart.
Describing the Indo-Pak relationship as a complex one, he said that his grandfather Md Iqbal had dreamt of Pakistan, but he also wanted the relationship between both the countries to be 'saare jahan se accha' (best in the world).
"So we should focus on it and take actions with courage, with freedom and simplify the matter. We should do it for the benefit of the poor people who are on both sides, because the real torture is on them," the leader said.
He hoped that the leadership on both sides of the border would show courage to solve issues.
"We need to make the issues simple. Leadership of both sides need to show courage.....Whatever has happened in the past, is now the past. Our eyes are on the front and we should be thinking about the future," Iqbal said.