India & Pakistan: case for common defence

This article by Pervez Hoodbhoy was published simultaneously today in Pakistan (Dawn) and India (The Hindu):

So, how can India protect itself from invaders across its western border and grave injury? Just as importantly, how can we in Pakistan assure that the fight against fanatics is not lost?

Let me make an apparently outrageous proposition: in the coming years, India’s best protection is likely to come from its traditional enemy, the Pakistan Army. Therefore, India ought to help now, not fight against it.

This may sound preposterous. After all, the two countries have fought three-and-a-half wars over six decades. During periods of excessive tension, they have growled at each other while meaningfully pointing towards their respective nuclear arsenals. Most recently, after heightened tensions following the Mumbai massacre, Pakistani troops were moved out of North West Frontier Province towards the eastern border. Baitullah Mehsud’s offer to jointly fight India was welcomed by the Pakistan Army. More:

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  • Paper presented at the New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS) at Cornell University held on October 09-10, 2009.

    Title: “Pakistan and India: The Case for Unification”

    By Nasim Yousaf (Scholar & Author)

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  • Pakistan and India: The Case for Unification
    By Nasim Yousaf (Scholar & Author)

    “History is replete with evidence of leaders who, for their vested interests, have pulled
    nations into wars or even divided them. One such example is the dissection of India in
    1947, which was characterized by a level of devastation and tragedy rarely seen in man’s
    history. To anyone who believes in the unity of the human race, regardless of religion,
    class, color or creed, partition, indeed, was one of the biggest blunders of the last century.
    The proponents of the partition of India vowed in front of the world that division would
    resolve the issues and hostility between Muslims and Hindus, two major communities of
    the Indian sub-continent; their claims have failed and desired results have not been

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