Congress veteran Karan Singh said on Friday that dialogue between India and Pakistan should be resumed as only mutual cooperation will help in overcoming terrorism, a menace that was threatening both the countries.
"We have nothing to fear from dialogue and, possibly, something to gain," Singh said in a statement here.
He said there is an ongoing debate on whether to restart composite dialogue with Pakistan and, he was of the opinion that "dialogue should be resumed".
"War as an option must be firmly ruled out because of nuclear technology on both sides. Therefore, the only way to more forward is the universally accepted practice of dialogue, first at official and then, hopefully, at the political level," Singh, a Rajya Sabha member, said.
He was of the view that issues such as trade and commerce, cultural exchanges and people-to-people contacts, could help reduce tension and pave the way for progress on more difficult matters.
"Both countries are facing a serious threat from a variety of ruthless terrorist organisations, and in the final analysis, it is only by mutual cooperation this can be overcome," he added.