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    Pak's quake relief to India an image improvement exercise...

    Pakistan's offer of aid to quake-hit Gujarat will do nothing to resolve their decades-old rivalry, but analysts in Islamabad said it could provide a badly needed tactical victory for Islamabad's image abroad.

    After sitting on the tarmac for several days, a Pakistan Air Force C-130 aircraft left here Tuesday morning carrying tents and blankets for earthquake victims in India. On its way to the quake zone, the aid will cross a border bristling with guns and animosities, the legacy of the neighbours' three wars since their bloody partition in 1947.

    The fact that aid from Europe arrived in India before assistance from Pakistan, just a few hours away, is evidence of the diplomatic horse-trading that befuddles every step in bilateral relations. Its belated departure Tuesday came after India contradicted claims by Pakistani military ruler General Pervez Musharraf that New Delhi had rejected the assistance.

    "I did offer help but their response was a little unfortunate. They said they have plenty at home. They thanked us," the general said Monday. Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee later said he would accept aid from "anywhere," including Pakistan. "The world should realise that Pakistan is not always hostile to India. The relief offer will help the world know that we believe in harmonious and good relations and it is only fair to expect reciprocal gestures from India," Quaid-i-Azam University historian Aslam Syed said here.

    "It should be taken in itself as a groundbreaking move for improving relations." The diplomatic stakes are higher than usual amid ongoing peace moves on both sides of the border to resolve the festering Kashmir dispute. India has claimed the moral high-ground and the upper hand in world opinion with a series of ceasefires in the divided Himalayan state, although it has yet to agree to Pakistan's repeated calls for dialogue.

    Retired foreign ministry secretary general Akram Zaki said Islamabad's magnanimity "may help on the diplomatic front, or it may not at all." "I believe politics will take its own course ... The move may help make a good impact in general and may lead to a softening of the stance somewhat, but I am not very hopeful," Zaki said.

    In New Delhi, Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh said he did not think a natural disaster such as the earthquake would necessarily lead to an improvement in relations. "The Turkey-Greece experience is not exactly applicable here," he said in a reference to the easing of tensions between Greece and Turkey after Athens sent aid to its neighbour following the deadly earthquake in Turkey in 1999. Singh noted that India and Pakistan had exchanged information about their nuclear facilities earlier this month but dismissed Pakistani offers to resume a formal dialogue as more of a "public relations" exercise.

    The moral of the story :
    No offer for help to India from Pakistan will be genuine as long as Pakistan continues to support TERRORISM of the worst kind in Kashmir and elsewhere in India


    [This message has been edited by chilli (edited January 31, 2001).]

    #2
    Originally posted by chilli:
    The morale of the story :
    No offer for help to India from Pakistan will be genuine as long as Pakistan continues to support TERRORISM of the worst kind in Kashmir and elsewhere in India
    OR VICE VERSA


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      #3
      Chilli, you remind me of the RSS idiots who were refusing help from Christian Indians. If a 6 yr old kid gets pulled from the rubble by a Paki his parents aren't going to tell the the paki to put him back are they. Don't mix too many issues together.

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        #4
        Here's the views of a few more RSS idiots who seem to have views very similar to your own:

        http://pub6.ezboard.com/fhinduunityh...cID=1715.topic

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          #5
          Chilli - Maybe 100,000 people have died in the Indian earthquake and many more thousands have lost their homes and livlehoods. And all you are interested in, is your rather obsessive pursuit of scoring some cheap political points over Pakistan.

          What can one say?

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            #6
            chilli, are you saying that if Pakistan did not need to improve its image it would not have offered help?
            Think!

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              #7
              Gujarat industries commissioner S.K. Shelat said
              Pakistan had proved to be a ``great neighbour''.

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                #8
                Yeah right chilli, just stick to copyin' and pastin'.
                We don't need the RSS view point on everything!!!

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                You can't fix stupid. So might as well troll them!

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                  #9
                  Well, chilli ask the relatives of the 100,000 people who were killed in this disaster and u might get a very different answer. Maybe the Indian army for once can do some good work in Gujrat instead of butchering and raping innocent people in occupied Kashmir.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by chilli:
                    Pakistan's offer of aid to quake-hit Gujarat will do nothing to resolve their decades-old rivalry.........

                    In New Delhi, Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh said he did not think a natural disaster such as the earthquake would necessarily lead to an improvement in relations.

                    The moral of the story :
                    No offer for help to India from Pakistan will be genuine as long as Pakistan continues to support TERRORISM of the worst kind in Kashmir and elsewhere in India


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                    We Pakistanis will continue our moral support to the just cause of Kashmiri brothren like we did in Afghanistan. We damn care if India names it as terrorism.

                    Indians could simply refuse Pakistan's offer, what made them compromise on thier egotism?


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