Peaceful dialogue is urgently needed in Kashmir

Indian army soldiers stand guard outside a checkpoint at Wagah, on the India Pakistan border. Prabhjot Gill / AP
Indian army soldiers stand guard outside a checkpoint at Wagah, on the India Pakistan border. Prabhjot Gill / AP

I refer to Faisal Al Yafai’s opinion piece Narendra Modi and Imran Khan are playing a dangerous game of brinkmanship (February 28). Al Yafai has rightly encouraged the leaders of Pakistan and India to engage in a transparent dialogue so as to end the violent clashes on their borders.

Although the latest tragic attack in Kashmir has targeted Indians, the fact is that Pakistan too, has suffered greatly from terrorist attacks. So it makes perfect sense for both countries to cooperate on eradicating terrorism. It would be a serious error to let the current situation escalate as neither country can afford another war. Hostilities will only cost innocent lives and deflect attention from economic growth.

There are many moderate people on both sides of the border who should push for dialogue. This is not the time to be aggressive or chauvinistic, it is the time to be balanced and talk to each other. Mr Khan has extended a hand to talk and be friends. India should take it.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Concrete action for disarmament is crucial

It is little wonder negotiations between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un broke down since Mr Trump has spent more time in office blowing up nuclear treaties than building them. As co-chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, I strongly believe we need a real denuclearisation plan approved by the international community. The world needs concrete agreements, like the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which the North Koreans could join and begin the disarmament process.

Akira Kawasaki, Hanoi

The death of children is a stain on human kind

I refer to your article Syria: 12 infants die in freezing temperatures, says UN (February 28). This is tragic. This war has taken a gruesome toll on humanity itself. What did these innocent children do to deserve this fate? It is time the world woke up and protected the most vulnerable.

Name withheld by request

Published: March 2, 2019 06:59 PM


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