Lieutenant General, retired, Naeem Khalid Lodhi (Defense Analyst):
Opening of Kartarpur border is a diplomatic victory of Pakistan and international community appreciated Pakistan’s initiative taken for regional peace and cooperation. The real message conveyed by Prime Minister Imran Khan is that dialogue is imperative to move forward. Pakistan has always played its role for regional peace; it is now responsibility of the Indian civil society and international community to pressurize India to give positive response to Pakistan’s peace efforts. Pakistan’s desire for peace should not be misconstrued as our weakness. Pakistan’s professional army is capable enough to give befitting response to any misadventure. Bilateral reciprocity is imperative to improve bilateral ties. Islamabad’s stance for regional peace is clear that resolving all disputes through dialogues is in the best interest of the entire region.
Dr. Farooq Hasnat (IR Expert):
It is very unfortunate that Indian media’s attitude towards Pakistan is hostile and aggressive. Indian media provokes anti-Pakistan sentiments by spreading negative propaganda against Pakistan. Islamabad’s stance is clear that no issue can be resolved without dialogue. Indian government is habitual of blaming Pakistan for its own failures. The internal situation of India is not very good and different separatist movements are demanding independence. The Indian racist government is dominated by RSS and its policies are highly influenced by Hindu extremists. The condition of minorities in India is very critical and they are living under continuous security threats. The freedom movement in Kashmir is an indigenous movement led by the people of Kashmir and Indian cannot suppress it.
Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal (IR Expert):
Groundbreaking of Kartarpur Corridor is an appreciable step taken by the government of Pakistan. Participation of political elite and military leadership in the event indicates that all institutions of Pakistan are on one page regarding improving bilateral ties with India. Unfortunately Indian government continued its tradition of negatively responding to our friendly gestures. India is habitual of giving disappointing responses to our good will initiatives. Pakistan believes in peace and pursues the policy of resolving all outstanding disputes through dialogues. Pakistan’s stance is very logical that instead of living in the past, we must learn from our mistakes and move forward for peace. Kashmir is an unresolved dispute and peace in the region cannot sustain without resolving Kashmir issue. India should stop committing atrocities and state terrorism in Occupied Kashmir.
Dr. Rasheed Ahmed Khan (IR Expert):
Pakistan has always endorsed every initiative taken for regional peace and stability. Pakistan believes that negotiation is the ultimate solution to resolve any dispute. Pakistan and India are nuclear powers and any misadventure between two nuclear states can result in massive catastrophe. Instead of blaming Pakistan, India should revise its foreign policy in accordance with ground realities of the region. India displays very immature and aggressive attitude towards Pakistan. Despite of all force and weapons, India has failed to stop indigenous freedom movement in occupied Kashmir. BJP led government is driven by Hindu extremists and uses anti-Pakistan sentiments to gain votes in election.
Hamayun Iqbal Shami (Chairman, Pakistan Economic Forum):
Corruption is a major element that creates hurdle in the process of development. Good governance is imperative to strengthen the national economy. Better, effective and sustainable policies create an attractive and business friendly environment for international investors. There is no doubt that incumbent government is determined to eradicate corruption and bring back the looted money. However it is a difficult and time taking task. It is easy to trace national financial transactions but international agreements are required to get details of illegally obtained money, typically by means of transfers involving foreign banks or legitimate businesses.