We can’t let India-Pakistan relationship be hostage to dispute, says Hussain Haqqani


The former ambassador of Pakistan to the United States (US) Hussain Haqqani has said that instead of letting the ties between Pakistan and India be hostage to dispute, an approach of “let us become friends first and discuss things we disagree about later” should be adopted.

“We can’t let the relationship be hostage to dispute. The approach should be ‘let us become friends first and discuss things we disagree about later’,” Hussain Haqqani said during an interview with The Hindu.

Commenting on the decades-old issue of Kashmir, he said, “Both sides [Pakistan and India] have contributed to the problem and both sides have made it difficult to resolve it, but a better approach might be to not to insist on resolving it before we can have normal relations.”

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was in Pakistan on Tuesday, has pressed Islamabad to speed up its efforts against terrorism but described it as “incredibly important” player to deal with some of the pressing challenges facing the region.

However, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said that there is a “huge trust deficit” between Pakistan and the US over the conflict in Afghanistan.

According to Hussain Haqqani, “The lack of trust between the US and Pakistan was not created by a single tweet and it won’t be resolved by a single tweet. It’s a problem that has arisen over many years as a result of broken promises and unfulfilled expectations. Possibly on both sides.”

“Pakistan has a valid point: if the US is going to be a virtual neighbour to Pakistan by having forces in Afghanistan and if it uses Pakistan as a corridor for supplying its troops, it has to listen to Pakistan’s perspective too,” continued the former ambassador.

When asked how significant was the recent four-nation Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QGC), comprising Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States, in Oman, Hussain Haqqani said, “I’m one of those who believes talks are good. That said, unless there is flexibility and credibility in negotiations, nothing moves forward.”

“If Pakistan’s concern is that Afghanistan is going to be used by India against it in the case of war or to foment trouble, there are ways to resolve that. There can be an agreement between Pakistan and Afghanistan in relation to what Afghanistan can do in relation to India,” he added while talking to the Indian newspaper.


  1. The truth is Modi g have realised that his pet dog Nawaz sharif gone, things will get worst when new Pakistani will take up human rights issue. So modi g has got new pet dog hussain haqqani to do the talking for him. Now it is clear they want to join cpec but on condition that pk allow land transit to Afghan.

    Regardless, Kashmir is not only issue for India. They much bigger issues in other provinces.

    • Mr Junejo Khan, people like you are not very bright. Just because Nawaz Sharif and Hussain Haqqani talk of friendship with India does not make them bad. It makes them intelligent. Do you ever think who really wins from enmity with India. Certainly not you or I, or the people of Pakistan. It’s a class of Pakistanis who wish to remain in perpetual power. The same class who helped Pakistan break into two. Pakistan and India can continue to have differences, but we need not remain enemies. We lose too much in the process. Pakistanis and Indians do not hate each other. Its politicians in India and this class in Pakistan that makes it seem that the people hate each other. Just let the two governments ease their visa procedures. You will see what I mean.

  2. Oh Mrs. Coleman we well know the Pakistani’s are terrorist sympathisers, but please tell us did you meet any other Western backpackers, 7 months pregnant in those central Asian mountains whose spouses were formerly married to a renowned terrorists daughter? And, please, please also tell us what supplies were you and hubby carrying to help people in Afghanistan with no basic health? And Mrs. Coleman God will bless you for helping the poor and needy, sure he will.

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