Quick Edit | Yes, Prime Minister

Quick Edit | Yes, Prime Minister

It must be tempting for the Indian foreign establishment to gloat over the diplomatic slight they managed after US President Barack Obama ticked off Pakistan for providing a haven to terrorists and not doing enough to bring the perpetrators of 26/11 to book.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, however, nixed any such ideas by pre-emptively offering a resumption of talks with Pakistan. This was more than mere grandstanding. It was a recognition of the basic truth that India’s continued prosperity is presaged on a stable and tension-free South Asia.

The Prime Minister’s response should mitigate the slight that Pakistan would have felt after its long-time ally came out in the open against it. Hopefully,?India’s?western neighbour will get over it and take up the Prime Minister on his offer.

It is a moment for Pakistan to seize and kick-start the nation-building process.