Stop blaming India for terrorism, says Pakistani newspaper

April 22nd, 2009 - 6:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Islamabad, April 22 (IANS) Pakistan should stop blaming India for terror attacks and instead focus on its strategy for countering the scourge, an editorial in a leading English daily said Wednesday.
“It is no longer useful to keep insisting that the only strategy viable for Pakistan is an anti-India policy ‘because India is funding the terrorists to kill Pakistanis’,” Daily Times said in an editorial.

“It is unconvincing because no internationally acceptable proof is forthcoming and, besides, it is much less convincing than the argument in favour of normalising relations with India to end the tit-for-tat attacks on each other.

“Here again, India gets the upper hand because unlike Pakistan it doesn’t use its ‘non state actors’,” the editorial maintained.

It also pointed to a speech delivered by a former Pakistan Air Force chief, Air Marshal (retd) Asghar Khan, faulting Pakistan’s anti-India rhetoric.

“India has not been hostile towards Pakistan unless provoked or until we created such conditions, as we did in 1971 in East Pakistan, for India to interfere militarily,” Khan said in Karachi Monday while releasing the second edition of the Jinnah Anthology.

As for Pakistan, “it is no longer true to say that we know what strategies to deploy” in the war against terror, Daily Times maintained.

The editorial was written in the context of a controversial peace deal with the Taliban to impose Sharia laws in Swat and six other districts of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) in return for the militants laying down their arms.

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