‘India-Pak mistrust’ reason for ‘instability’ in region

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“The Indo-Pak conflict has blocked regional cooperation since partition of the two countries,” said former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga while speaking at the inaugural session of the first Raisina Dialogue, a conference organised by Ministry of External Affairs and Observer Research Foundation.

“The mistrust has cost (us) heavily and caused instability in the region,” she added, while pointing out that the region was “heavily militarised” due to the presence of two nuclear powers. As if on cue, former Afghan president Hamid Karzai said, “My remarks will not be different…mistrust between some countries is adversely affecting peace and stability in the region.”

Earlier, talking about his interaction with Pakistan, Karzai had said: “We should not tolerate state agencies supporting terror networks as an instrument of foreign policy.”

Bangladesh foreign minister A H Mahmood Ali too said lack of political will and mistrust among countries in the region had cast a shadow on regional cooperation. Talking about the threat of disruption in connectivity in the region, she added, “In its most radical form, this emanates from the spread of terrorism, which has mutated to keep pace with the march of technology. 

As a result, we confront the spectre of cyber attacks even as we struggle with violence inspired by medieval beliefs. Use or threat of use of force by nations in territorial disputes is another source of concern.”

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