Popular cricketer of yesteryears and a determined political activist to crack the status quo of two-party domination is now the prime minister-elect of Pakistan.
The country looks forward to an era of peace and prosperity as promised by Imran Khan for its impoverished people.
While Pakistan seems to be poised for an effective change, neighboring India is keenly watching the politics and leadership developments which can impact the relationship between the two ever combating countries.
In his victory speech July 26, Imran Khan said, “If India’s leadership is ready, we are ready to improve ties with India. If you step forward one step, we will take two steps forward.
“I think it will be very good for all of us if we have good relations with India. We need to have trade ties, and the more we will trade, both countries will benefit.
“The unfortunate truth is that Kashmir is a core issue, and the situation in Kashmir, and what the people of Kashmir have seen in the last 30 years …. they have really suffered.
“Pakistan and India’s leadership should sit at a table and try to fix this problem. It’s not going anywhere. I say this with conviction, this will be the most important thing for the subcontinent, for both countries to have a friendship.”
At this early stage of his leadership, we can trust Imran khan’s sentiments for a cordial relationship with India as both the countries share an emotional bond of being one family who split 71 years ago.
Flip the coin, and on one side India and Pakistan seem to be combating with each other forever. On the other side, they are sharing the same bread of common roots, common cultures, languages, and traditions.
Underneath the love and hate relationship between the two neighbors lies the natural and historical bonding between the peoples of the two countries.
Historically, culturally, and even emotionally they are together as one people. Their heritage is the same and will remain the same forever.
-By Promod Puri