Congress leader hopes for peace and democracy in Pakistan

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In the wake of the ongoing anti-government protests in Islamabad, senior Congress leader and former Indian external affairs minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday hoped that there is peace and democracy remains in force in Pakistan.

“I think it is necessary for the entire region that there should be peace, and democracy remains in force. It will be profitable for all of us. But we can’t do anything, we can only hope for the best,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy expressed fear that Pakistan could emerge as a strong theocratic state.

“Conservative Islamic culture is rapidly taking roots there and is also being influenced by Iraq.”

Former diplomat Naresh Chandra said that the crisis would considerably weaken the Pakistani government.

“Pakistan Army will not stage a formal coup due to the role of United States and other nations but it will run the government from behind the scene,” he said.