Pakistan, India asked not to allow terrorists to disrupt peace talks


LAHORE: The leaders of major political parties, intellectuals and civil society activists on Sunday urged India and Pakistan not to allow terrorists to take the bilateral dialogue hostage to their nefarious designs.

Speaking at a seminar titled “Pakistan-India Thaw: Out-of-Box Solutions” under the aegis of the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) at a hotel here, the speakers said the dialogue between the two countries should continue without any interruption. Former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), senior journalist and analyst Ahmed Rashid, Prof Dr Mohammad Waseem of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan’s former high commissioner to India Shahid Malik, defence analyst Lt-Gen (Retd) Ghulam Mustafa, civil society activist Abdullah Malik, and SAFMA Secretary General Imtiaz Alam were key speakers at the seminar.