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Stop using terrorism as a policy: Pakistani paper

world Updated: Jul 18, 2009 18:38 IST

The use of terrorism as a “policy” should be “scrapped in its entirety” because of the harm it had caused to Pakistan and India, an editorial in a leading English daily said on Saturday while commenting on the meeting of the two countries' prime ministers in Egypt earlier this week.

Another editorial noted that the meeting had “produced two versions of what really happened”, thus giving rise to “more ambiguity, which is of the essence when managing intractable crises”.

“The use of terrorism as a policy should be scrapped in its entirety now. Its futility and the harm it has caused to both the nations should be more than obvious by now,” The News said in an editorial headlined “Good news from the peace front”.

“This is especially so in the present times where non-state actors have spread their tentacles across the globe, and can strike at any time -- thereby sabotaging any initiative to build a strong relationship and embark upon joint efforts to tackle terrorism, which is a threat to both countries.

“Building a sustainable understanding, not subject upon suspicion and impulse, is in the interest of not only the people of India and Pakistan, but the entire region,” the editorial added.

In this context, it noted that the Pakistan-India agreement to delink dialogue and terrorism “is a positive development and deserves a lot of applause on both sides of the border”.

The meeting between Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh in Sharm el-Sheikh Thursday on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Summit “has been highly constructive, and now should serve as an impetus for both sides to mend fences and begin the journey towards peace once again.

“For both sides to commit to such an effort in writing, that too so soon after the reportedly disastrous meeting between the two sides” in Yekaterinburg in June “has also set a good example”, the editorial maintained.

Holding that it was not “realistic” to expect that “relations will always be at a high”, the editorial said this “should not mean that diplomatic dialogue should be cut off entirely, which has