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Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyer pitches for Indo-Pak unity

The event was aimed at strengthening bilateral ties between India and Pakistan and all of South Asia.

punjab Updated: Aug 16, 2017 17:23 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
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Mani Shankar Aiyer, a keynote speaker at the event, said that rather than finding ways for attacking each other or killing soldiers on borders, we should strive for reconciliation.(Pardeep Pandit/HT )

Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyer on Monday urged India and Pakistan to resolve issues through talks. Aiyer was speaking at an event, ‘In Quest of Peace’, held in Jalandhar on the occasion of India’s 70th Independence Day.

The event was aimed at strengthening bilateral ties between India and Pakistan and all of South Asia.

Various speakers at the event emphasised on resuming dialogue with Pakistan, which they said will not only help in maintaining peace in both the countries but in all the South Asian countries. Aiyer, a keynote speaker at the event, said that rather than finding ways for attacking each other or killing soldiers on borders, we should strive for reconciliation.

“Both the countries are so closely related. If you bomb down Lahore, you will in no second feel the heat in Amritsar,” said Mani Shankar Aiyer. The former Congress MP said that both the nations should take an initiative to hold talks and try to reach an understanding for strengthening bilateral relations. Aiyar who is a strong advocate of Indo-Pak ties said that the only way to resolve tensions between both the countries is through talks.

“Hum Pakistan Se Kam Se Kam Baat to Kare, Baat Karne Mein Kya Jaata hai (We should at least initiate talks with Pakistan),” said Mani Shankar Aiyer. “Punjab region, in particular, should take the initiative of reaching out to a neighbouring country,” he added.

Senior journalist Hamir Singh asked Sikhs in Punjab and living abroad for maintaining a community rather than isolating them.

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 16:34 IST