Indo-Pak confederation possible: Advani

New Delhi, June 08: In the backdrop of Indo-Pak tensions, Home Minister L K Advani today said if East and West Germany could unite, there was no reason why India and Pakistan could not form a confederation of their own free will after resolving all problems through dialogue and not by violence or terrorism.

New Delhi, June 08: In the backdrop of Indo-Pak tensions, Home Minister L K Advani today said if East and West Germany could unite, there was no reason why India and
Pakistan could not form a confederation of their own free will after resolving all problems through dialogue and not by violence or terrorism.

A day will come when the people of both countries will realise that partition has done no good to them, Advani said after launching a monthly journal 'South Asia Politics' here.
If East and West Germany could unite despite acrimonious political relations, why not India and Pakistan? There may be difficulties, but it is not impossible, He said.

However, the most important thing to move towards a confederation is that all disputes and problems between India and Pakistan be resolved only through dialogue and not
by violence or terrorism, the home minister said.

Referring to an assessment of the US administration about existence of a possibility of revolutionary change in Indo-Pak relations during the Lahore bus trip by Prime Minister
Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he said this could not happen as the then Pakistan army chief (Pervez Musharraf) had other things in mind which led to the Kargil War.

In Agra too, Musharraf described terrorists as freedom
fighters, he said.

But now the world community has accepted the reality
about cross-border terrorism and asked Pakistan to act in
accordance with the promises (to contain terrorism) it has
made, Advani said.

Bureau Report

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