Senior Indian journalist Jyoti Malhotra is among the sane voices within India that continue to demand peace and normalisation of relations with Pakistan. The senior journalist slammed the Modi government’s ‘irresponsible’ response to the opening of Kartarpur border corridor. She praised Prime Minister Imran khan’s message of peace. She was talking to the Pakistani media.
She criticised the section of Indian media for spreading the wrong message. Blatantly pooh-poohing the Indian media’s propaganda to find negativity in opening of the Kartarpur corridor, she said it was keen desire of the people of India and Pakistan a bridge the gap in bilateral ties that acceded their political representatives/ leadership to take the initiative in this regard.
She also praised Prime Minister Imran Khan’s message for peace citing example of Germany and France, she said definitely if both the rival countries of the European Union who have fought several wars and killed thousands and thousands of people could have cordial ties, then why Pakistan and India could not improve their bilateral relations.
People are happy about it and the government cannot overlook it, she said about the border opening in Punjab. The Indian journalist also supported the rhetoric that both the neighbouring countries should hold talks on the Kashmir dispute.
She disapproved the Indian government’s cancellation of the New York meeting between the foreign ministers of the neighbouring countries within 24 hours of confirming in September this year.
In my view, this was wrong and irresponsible. This should not have been done. After all what’s the impediment in holding talks, nobody is doing it on gunpoint, she said.
On Kartarpur border corridor opening, Malhotra said some political pressure was there, however, the Indian government’s assenting in this regard was mainly because of people’s demand.
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21 August, 2019