Bangalore International Centre had arranged a talk on “Indo-Pak Relations : The Past, The Future” by Mr. Maroof Raza, Consultant and Strategic Affairs Expert, Times Now, on Tuesday, 17th February, 2015 at 7.00 PM.
Mr. Raza analysed the Indo-Pak Relations since the time of partition with knowledge and insight. As he pointed out, the basic power structures in the two countries are different. While India has all along been under a civilian governance structure, Pakistan has the army calling the shots with a single-point agenda of hate India. He traced the evolution of Pakistan to highlight that the “two nation” theory, based on religion, has always been the guiding light of its policy and that the Pakistan Army has always stepped in when they sensed that the civilian administration is straying away from that focus. India on the other hand has based its governance pattern on secular lines and on the army taking its directions from civilian administration.
He emphasized that the larger interest of India lies in India developing friendly, non-combative relationships with all its neighbours, including Pakistan. However, he thought that the track-w efforts were unlikely to achieve any break-through, as the real power-centre in Pakistan is the army establishment. His suggestion was that the civilian leadership in India must be pragmatic enough to accept this reality, and that any understanding between the two countries was unlikely to be achieved unless the Pakistan Army Establishment is also part of that understanding and comfortable with it.
The stimulating talk, interspersed with anecdotes, kept the large audience riveted to their seats throughout.