Sunday, February 5, 2012

Mani Shankar Aiyar: Inside Pakistan - 3

In this program in the series Inside Pakistan, Mani Shankar Aiyar visits with Senator Sartaj Aziz (a former Foreign Minister of Pakistan) and Senator Javed Jabbar. A lively conversation ensues, in which, beginning with the difficulties Pakistan faced immediately after Partition in 1947, the sources of resentment, suspicion and hostility between the two countries is examined. The two senators present the Pakistani view, and Aiyar occasionally interjects with a question or remark based on the Indian narrative. A most candid and revealing exchange, underlining that even at the highest levels in Pakistan, there is still a considerable degree of suspicion and skepticism regarding Indian intentions that will take a long time to satisfy and dissipate. A very useful airing of views, as they say in diplomatic terms, but which is literally aired, i.e., broadcast, both in India, and now, over youtube, throughout the world.

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