New Delhi: India declared its readiness to discuss nuclear doctrines and military confidence-building measures (CBMs) with Pakistan as it emphasised that the two neighbours had an opportunity to “remake” their relationship “fundamentally”.
Delving on the contours of Indo-Pak relations and seeking to analyse the reasons that prevented development of ties, Foreign secretary Shivshankar Menon said the two countries had a chance of “breaking out of past patterns” and that any issue can be dealt with through a flexible approach.
He made it clear that India had no hegemonistic designs or intentions to undo the partition and favoured a stable and prosperous Pakistan.
“If, however, despite the possession of nuclear weapons and India’s no-first-use policy, there are feelings of insecurity in Pakistan, India is ready to discuss these issues in a dialogue on nuclear doctrines, military-to-military contacts and military confidence-building measures, both conventional and nuclear, either officially or through think tanks and other less official means,” he said.
“A small beginning has been made in the last two years but we would be ready to build on this rapidly if Pakistan wishes to,” Menon said in a lecture on ‘India-Pakistan: Understanding the Conflict Dynamics.’
Advocating the need for the two countries having common vision for prosperity, he said “even the issues that divide us would be easier to solve if one had a common goal of purpose or vision of the sort of relationship that we wish to build in the future.”