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Why India-Pakistan Reconciliation Is Crucial for Regional Stability

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Flags of India and Pakistan - Sputnik India, 1920, 26.06.2024
Pakistani deputy PM Ishaq Dar held out the hand of friendship towards New Delhi, signalling a willingness to end the decades-long rift between the two countries for the sake of regional cooperation and peace.
Pakistan's deputy prime minister has offered the olive branch to his country's neighbour and long-term adversary India.
Senator Ishaq Dar made the peace offer at the 51st anniversary celebration of the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI).
"In our opinion, the time has come for sober reflection on the future of India-Pakistan relations, and solving the most important problems for the entire region," Said Dar, who also serves as a Pakistan's foreign minister.
He lamented that due to conflicts and historical troubles, south Asia is not only the least economically integrated region but also has the lowest rankings on almost all indices of human development.
Dar further said the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), founded with great optimism, is the only viable platform for regional cooperation and tackling such serious challenges — but it remains inactive by the fault of one member state.

The Regional Imperative: Bridging the India-Pakistan Divide

While talking with Sputnik India, Dr. Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan, the executive director at the Center for South Asia & International Studies said that both countries are strategically significant for economic integration, greater regional connectivity, and development; therefore, both nations should put aside their differences and start negotiating for regional peace, stability, and harmony.

"Modi 3 regime has already conveyed the message of negotiation, reconciliation, connectivity and conflict resolution with all the neighboring countries in the region, which is good omen, and we know that India has become the powerhouse of South Asia, which has immense economic and industrial potential; therefore, policy makers of Pakistan should explore it as soon as possible," he said.

He further added that rapidly changing socio-economic, geopolitical and geostrategic trends and tendencies are gearing both countries to start a new path of reconciliation. Increasing incidents of terrorism in the region may also be one of the main reasons to cooperate each other.

Prospects of Indo-Pak Ties

In this regard, Dr. Aparaajita Pandey, a professor, political analyst and strategist shared with Sputnik India that India and Pakistan are immediate neighbors and happen to be located geographically in the middle of South Asia. A better relationship between the two nations would potentially enhance connectivity across South Asia.

"Reconciliation between the two nations would augment the connectivity and people-to-people contact between West Asia and South and Southeast Asia, which can also be traced back to historical traditions. A better relationship between India and Pakistan would also make South Asia more stable, which would enhance economic progress," the pundit underscored.

In the concluding remarks, She expressed that the prospects of India and Pakistan hinge on the efforts that Pakistan is willing to put into controlling the terrorism that originates from within the nation and its willingness to stifle cross-border terrorism on Pakistan's part.
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