The South Asian Human Rights (SAHR) and the South Asia Free Media Association have started their efforts to mend the ties between India and Pakistan. A 22-member Pakistan peace delegation held a round table conference on Thursday with Indian peace activists and exchanged views on the prevailing tense situation in South Asia in the wake of the Mumbai attacks.
These efforts are commendable. Merely goodwill expressed at the government level or confrontation at the military level won’t get the both neighbors anywhere. They have to make contact at the people level and they need to promote the bilateral talks at the common grounds. Common people and also parliamentarians, intellectuals, artists, journalists, human rights activists and educationists need to be in touch with each other across the border to have a lasting piece.
Because if that doesn’t happen then the both countries would always be at the brink and would be exploited by the terrorism. It is surely the right time to form a joint mechanism between both the countries to fight terrorism. One should discourage and criticize those who talk about war. Constructive peace building is the way forward.
De-escalation in the tension will help both countries to focus inwards.