NVS 24 News: India, Pakistan Must Engage In Talks With Open Heart: Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri
New Delhi: Time has come for India and Pakistan to engage in talks with an open heart leaving behind nearly 70 years of hostility to resolve all outstanding issues as well as to rid the region of terrorism, a prominent Pakistani Islamic cleric said today. Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri, who had led a massive protest against Nawaz Sharif regime in Islamabad one-and-half years back, said use of religion as a front to promote terrorism should not at all be tolerated and both countries should join hands to defeat the menace. Expressing serious concern over growing efforts to radicalise young minds, he also called for urgent measures such as introduction of counter-radicalisation curriculum in schools, colleges, universities, madrassas and institutions run by religious bodies to educate youths about terrorism and extremism. Strongly pitching for dialogue between India and Pakistan, Mr Qadri said both the countries must decide whether they want to continue nearly seven decade hostility between each other which had devastating consequences or would prefer a path of peace, economic growth and development. "If they decide this basic point, then only a new chapter of good relations can start. Proper dialogues should start between the governments at different levels and finally at top level. All issues which always remained the basis of tension should be discussed with an open heart and mind," Mr Qadri told news agency PTI. The 65-year-old cleric said all issues including Kashmir, Mumbai terror attack and Pathankot attack should be discussed. "We are wasting lot of our energy, budgets, resources, time and mental faculty because of our hostile relationships. This should end."