New Delhi, :October 6, 2008 -IR Summary/Agencies – Dr. Raj Baldev, President National Integration Assembly (NIA) said here today that President Asif Ali Zardari has been criticized by his countrymen over his remarks on Kashmir that military operating there are terrorists and also for his remarks that India has never been a threat to Pakistan.
Dr. Raj Baldev while commenting on his remarks said that Pak Presidents wants better relations with India and he is very much wise in thinking so and NIA appreciates his views that he expressed in his interview to Wall Street Journal (WSJ) columnist Bret Stephens.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman, chairman of Pakistan’s parliamentary committee on Kashmir and President of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party, has criticized President Asif Ali Zardari for terming militants operating in Kashmir as “terrorists” and for saying that India has never been a threat to Pakistan.
In an interview with Wall Street Journal (WSJ) columnist Bret Stephens, Zardari told that the militants in Kashmir were “terrorists”, though previous regimes in Pakistan called them freedom fighters. He added that India had never been a threat to his country
Rehman while changing is tune classified his President as inexperienced and lacked using right words.
In spite of what Rehman said, the fact remains that Pakistan President wants better relations with India and wants Pakistan to develop economically rather than to waste time in criticizing eachother.
Zardari has correctly said, “India never been a threat to Pakistan.” The President further said that e has no objection to the India-US nuclear cooperation pact, so long as Pakistan is treated “at par”.
“Why would we begrudge the largest democracy in the world getting friendly with one of the oldest democracies in the world?”
He noted that “there is no other economic survival for nations like us. We have to trade with our neighbors first”.