Islamabad, September 19; Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Member of the Indian Parliament (Rajiya Sabha), advised youth of Pakistan & India to engage in a dialogue based on conflict-resolution for peace in the region. He was addressing the Members of the Youth Parliament Pakistan on the 'State of Relations between Pakistan and India' on the second day of the fifth session of Youth Parliament Pakistan.
In his address, Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar said that Pakistan and India have a bright economic and social future if they resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue. Both countries have gone through multiple wars with each other but they have not helped in resolving the issues and have in fact worsened the situation. Both countries want friendly and economic ties with each other. He said that both Pakistan and India want to eliminate poverty from their countries and therefore must join hands to do so.
On Pakistan and India friendship, Mr. Aiyar said that people of India and Pakistan are deprived of visiting their old communities and homes even after 60 years of partition despite a mutual love and regard for each other at the public level. Pakistan and India need to have a flexible visa policy so as to allow a greater people-people contact to remove the misunderstandings of the past.
Speaking on the approach of the dialogue by Pakistan and Indian Government, he said that both Governments need to bring a change in their attitude. In India, dialogue is misunderstood as submission to terrorists. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has a made a brave move by calling on India for greater friendly ties.