Why the hell is PCB chairman so restive about playing cricket series with India, come hell or high water? Why has he taken umbrage at the government’s decision not to bring it under discussion in the recent meeting of the Indian foreign minister with the officials of our Foreign Office? Heavens won’t fall if India refuses to play cricket with Pakistan!Must we pester India to play cricket with us even if it looks the other way on our repeated requests?
The joint communiques issued at the end of the India’s foreign minister and Afghan president’s visit to Islamabad the other day do not inspire much confidence. There was nothing new in them. They are long on the rhetoric, quite similar to the ones we are familiar with. Whenever some meeting at the highest level took place in the past for hammering out solutions to the longstanding issues between these two countries more or less the same types of joint communiques were always issued. What good are the promises and assurances made and given in them if they are never acted upon. The foreign ministers and foreign secretaries of both India and Pakistan have been meeting in the past quite frequently. What good has come out of those meetings so that we should be giving importance to the recent decision that they would sit together again for finding out ways and means to bridge the gap between these two countries?
In the same manner every meeting of the Afghan president with our prime minister in the past ended on solemn promises in joint communiques that they would jointly make an effort to root out terrorism from this region but the atmosphere of goodwill generated by these meetings always evaporated in thin air even before the ink was barely dry on them.
The upshot of these arguments is that unless there is a genuine change of heart and mindset of the leaders of these countries to let bygones be bygones and there is a fresh resolve on their part to start on a clean state, joint communiques like the ones referred to above would not be worth the paper they are written on.