Pakistan-based human rights activists, intellectuals and writers have warned their government of “self-annihilation and isolation” in case it kept its eyes shut on the existence of terrorist outfits within the country.
“The government of Pakistan must no longer stay in a state of self-denial. It must not miss the opportunity of devising an effective strategy to overcome the menace of terrorism,” said a statement released among others by Asma Jahangir, I.A. Rehman, Ahmed Rashid and Dr Mubashir Hasan. They have also strongly condemned the Mumbai terror attacks.
Warning that the danger of an armed conflict between India and Pakistan “still persists,” the statement appealed to both the governments not to take peace for granted.
Coming down on the role played by the media in both countries, they charged it with aiding “warmongers”.
“We regret that the media in India and Pakistan failed to present the Mumbai outrage in a proper context. Instead, they used the event to fuel hostility between the two countries,” it said.