Resumption of dialogue between India & Pakistan a welcome development: Hussain Mohi-ud-Din Qadri

Minhaj-ul-Quran International has welcomed the resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan. Hussain Mohi-ud-Din Qadri, president of Federal Council of MQI, said in a statement issued by the Directorate of Media and Public Relations that the continued hostile relationship between Islamabad and New Delhi has only strengthened the hands of the extremist forces who wanted to turn South Asia into their ‘battle zones’ by exploiting the already existing mistrust and lack of confidence between both countries. He said that the aftermath of 9/11 showed that terrorism was the joint problem of the entire region. However, the establishments of South Asia failed to understand the depth of the problem and indulged into costly blame-game much to their own detriment.

Taking exception to the Indian conduct vis-à-vis terrorism, Hussain Mohi-ud-Din Qadri said that the hawks in the Indian establishment started a coercive and robust diplomacy to paint Pakistan as a ‘rogue’ state despite the fact that Islamabad was rendering huge sacrifices in man and material being a frontline state against terrorism. He said that Indian efforts at undermining Pakistan’s position globally have been exposed now. He also regretted the Indian association of ‘ifs and buts’ with any effort by Pakistan to resume the stalled composite dialogue process. “The policy of ‘ifs and buts’ by India was a non-starter in the first place. The willingness of the Indian leadership to resume their dialogue with Pakistan is a case of ‘better late than never”, he opined.

Hussain Mohi-ud-Din Qadri deplored the fact that SAARC failed to realize its potential because of strained relationship between Pakistan and India. He warned that any slackness on the part of members of SAARC countries would be dangerous given the fast-changing geo-strategic imperatives around the globe. He urged the SAARC to put in place a collective mechanism to deal with the questions of terrorism. ‘The third conference of the SAARC Interior Ministers is a praiseworthy initiative and we need to put in place an institutional response to the raging issues that our region faces,” he said.