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'Not military, negotiations best bet for durable peace with Pak'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, March 09, 2013
First Published: 23:37 IST(9/3/2013) | Last Updated: 23:38 IST(9/3/2013)

Former union minister Natwar Singh held an interactive session with DLF City residents in Phase 5 on Saturday. The Gurgaon Citizens' Council (GCC) had invited Singh for a talk on India's foreign policy, with the main focus on Indo-Pak relations.


Singh, who held the external affairs ministry portfolio during the Rajiv Gandhi regime, spoke extensively on India's foreign relations with neighbouring nations and shared some of his experiences with the audience.

Answering a query on strained ties, Singh said, "Indo-Pak relations are accident-prone and both countries should keep their first-aid kits ready all the time. People of Pakistan in totality are obsessed with the Kashmir issue whereas in India only people from the northern part are sensitive about it."

He added, "There was a time when Indian military had superiority over Pakistan army in terms of strength of warfare. It still has. But this superiority disappears in the face of nuclear weaponry. Therefore, the best bet is to engage Pakistan in the process of continuing negotiations."

Singh also spoke on the  future of  Indo-China relations.

RS Rathee, president of GCC, gave the vote of thanks.

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