India asks Pakistan to `shed its insecurity`

Ahead of its engagement in the process of bridging "trust deficit" with Pakistan, India has asked it to "shed its insecurity" on asymmetries in sizes and capabilities between them.

Updated: Jun 14, 2010, 18:22 PM IST

New Delhi: Ahead of its engagement in the
process of bridging "trust deficit" with Pakistan, India has
asked it to "shed its insecurity" on asymmetries in sizes and
capabilities between them, including the strategic leverage
gained after Indo-US nuclear deal, as they were not targeted
against it.

Emphasising that as the two countries commence the
exercise of overcoming the difficulties in the relationship,
it was important to reiterate a few points, Foreign Secretary
Nirupama Rao said India seeks a stable, peaceful and
economically progressing Pakistan.

"Secondly, we sincerely desire peace with Pakistan.
Thirdly, we have to learn to live with the asymmetries in our
sizes and capabilities. Such differences of scale should not
deter us from working with each other. Pakistan should shed
its insecurity on these counts," she said.

Despite "misguided and serious provocations", India has
exhibited true restraint, Rao said.

She asked Pakistan to prevent the entry of radical
ideology into the domain of religion, and, the consequent
implications for peace and security between India and
Pakistan, making differences over Kashmir even more difficult.

Radical, terrorist forces are also increasingly battling
for larger space in a deadly struggle that seeks to overwhelm
moderate, democratic forces in Pakistani civil society, the
Foreign Secretary said.

"The writing on the wall must be seen," she said.

Terrorism as a continuation of war by other means and the
use of terrorist groups selectively as strategic assets
against India cannot and must not continue, she said.

"As an intrinsic part of the long-term vision of
relations it desires with India, Pakistan must act effectively
against those terrorist groups that seek to nullify and, to
destroy the prospects of peace and cooperation between our two
countries," Rao said in her address at the Afghanistan-India-
Pakistan `Trialogue` organised by Delhi Policy Group
yesterday.

The last 60 years have had more than their share of
bitterness, recrimination, mistrust, misunderstanding and
miscommunication, where these two countries are concerned, she
pointed out.

"The road ahead is a long and winding one. But as fellow
travellers, India and Pakistan must tackle the challenges of
this rocky road with the belief that a secure and prosperous
future vitally and crucially depends on our ability to do so."

The remarks come ahead of the meetings between the
Foreign Secretaries this month and Foreign Ministers next
month who have been directed by their respective Prime
Ministers to work out the modalities of restoring trust and
confidence in the relationship thus paving the way for a
substantive dialogue on all issues of mutual concern.

PTI