21st March, 2011: Jinnah Institute organized a roundtable on peaceful bilateral relations between India and Pakistan on 21 March, 2011. The event was attended by a delegation of Indian parliamentarians, journalists and civil society actors. They discussed strategies for peace, with the aim of laying down a sustainable and inclusive framework for preventing crisis, increasing regional peace and economic exchange and building greater trust and cooperation. Jinnah Institute has been leading efforts in Indo-Pak Track II diplomacy in Pakistan and this event provided an avenue to further engage participants from both sides.
Sherry Rehman, President of the Jinnah Institute, stressed the need for voices from both sides of the border to engage in a sustained dialogue to mitigate conflict. She urged the delegation to focus on key fundamentals for change so that governments of both nations could be convinced to push for peace. Rehman pointed out the necessity to initiate a dialogue that addressed the very different challenges faced on both sides of the border and stated that the political left in India and Pakistan had much more in common than the conservative right. Mr. Kuldip Nayyar, veteran journalist and former member of parliament, pointed out that war is no more a solution to the problems of India and Pakistan and any dialogue undertaken must move in that direction.