Why PM must visit Pakistan
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This, then, is the time to open every closed gate of cooperation between India and Pakistan, especially people-to-people contacts and economic cooperation between Punjabis, Sindhis, Kashmiris and others. Let us inaugurate ambitious joint projects to harness energy, natural and human resources with demonstrable impact on the welfare of millions of people on both sides. Let tens of thousands of survivors from the Partition generation be incentivised to visit their native places on both sides of the border. Let the Hindu-Sikh heritage in Pakistan, and the Islamic heritage in India, be so developed as to enable two-way religious tourism on a large scale. Let thousands of Pakistani students be invited to study in India's educational institutions. Let us make haste to promote cross-border cultural, entertainment, sports and mass media activities in as unhindered a manner as, for example, between India and the West.
Cumulatively, these endeavours will surely help India and Pakistan establish good-neighbourly relations. Dr Manmohan Singhji, don't miss the opportunity—and don't forgo the duty—to contribute to this history-changing process.
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