Islamabad: Despite a history of mistrust between India and Pakistan, there is no escape from continuing talks for finding solutions to longstanding bilateral issues, an editorial in a Pakistani newspaper has said.
“War is no longer an option after the nuclear arming of both countries. Of course, as in any peace process, there will be spoilers who will try to create tensions through their actions and utterances. Both India and Pakistan need to realise that they have to cooperate for peace and especially in the struggle against terrorism,” the Daily Times editorial said.
During the latest Indo-Pak dialogue held on June 23-24 in Islamabad, the most significant Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) were nuclear and conventional, it observed.
The Indo-Pak nuclear equation is far more dangerous than even that of the Cold War, the editorial said, noting that there is very little reaction and/or verification time to ensure mistakes are not made.
“Despite the history of mistrust between the two sides, for this reason alone there is no escape from continuing the dialogue, no matter what the difficulties in the way of finding solutions to long standing and intractable problems,” it added.
Next month, there will be another round of Indo-Pak talks between the foreign secretaries for the upcoming foreign ministers’ talks.
“These are good signs. Hopefully India and Pakistan are moving haltingly and slowly towards peace. It goes without saying that for this, the dialogue process must continue,” the editorial said.