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Monday, April 19, 2010

Time to bring down the Indo-Pak ‘Berlin Wall’, says Jaswant , Pakistan

Monday,April 19,2010
KARACHI: Jaswant Singh, former Indian foreign minister and author of ‘Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence’ - a book that praises the founder of Pakistan and caused his expulsion from the Bharatiya Janata Party - said Tuesday that the “Berlin Wall” at the Pakistan-India border which has been erected since the 1965 war should now be brought down.

“Masses at both sides of the border are longing to come close to each other, and therefore we must let go of the shadows of history and let the new dawn arrive. We must create a strong relationship with each other, otherwise the poverty at both sides of the border cannot be wiped away,” said the veteran Indian politician at a press conference held prior to the inauguration of ‘Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence’ published by the Oxford University Press at the city’s historical landmark Mohatta Palace.

Speaking about the strict visa policies of Pakistan and India for each other, he said the people at both sides are suffering. He said thousands of people from the Sindh province had relatives in Rajasthan and other bordering states of India but they were not given visas.

“When a person living in the Thar desert wants to meet his relatives, who live 30 kilometres away on the other side of the border, he has to travel 30,000 kilometers to go there, and this is not fair. I belong to the Indian Thar of Rajasthan and who else could know this pain better than me,” he said.

Talking about the US and North Atlantic Territory Organisation’s intervention in India and Pakistan’s mutual understandings, Singh questioned how could the waves of Atlantic reach the Himalayas.

“The US is around 8,000 miles away from Pakistan, whereas India is only eight minutes away, therefore the people of India and Pakistan must resolve their differences themselves. During his stay in Pakistan, he would also inaugurate his book in Islamabad and visit a Hindu religious place, the Hinglaj Mandir in Balochistan.

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