Mushahid meets Royal College of Defence Studies delegation

ISLAMABAD: A high level 16-member delegation of the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS), led by its Commandant, Lt Gen. Sir David Bill, called on Chairman, Senate Defence Committee, Senator Mushahid Hussain, at the Parliament House.

The college is part of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and the senior directing staff are two-star officers from the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, and civil service, according to a press statement issued on Tuesday.

During the 90-minute session, which included an animated question and answer session, Senator Mushahid, said that after the injection of the nuclear factor in South Asia, there was a new balance in Pakistan-India relations, and Pakistan was willing to do business with Modi’s India, based on equality, reciprocity and peaceful resolution of conflicts like Kashmir, Siachen and the waters issue.

He said the main issue was that India had not displayed large-heartedness in relations with smaller neighbours.

Senator Mushahid said the new government of India under Prime Minister Modi had the opportunity to reverse wrongs by joining in the Iran-Pakistan pipeline by making it the Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline, which would mean both countries having a strategic stake in each other’s stability and progress.

He also called for a Pakistan-India dialogue on Afghanistan to prevent recurrence of any new proxy conflict that would be destabilising for the region.

Regarding conflicts in the Muslim World, the Senator said there could be no lasting peace without a resolution of Kashmir and Palestine, adding ‘had there been a just settlement of the Palestine question, there would have been no 9/11’.

Sir David Bill thanked Senator Mushahid Hussain for organising such an informative interaction, focusing on defence and regional security issues and candid comments on the evolution of Pakistan’s politics.

He praised Pakistani people’s sacrifices in the war on terror and the resilience and warm hospitality of Pakistanis.

Senator Dr. Saeeda Iqbal and Senator Rafiq Rajwana were also present on the occasion and presented their perspectives on education and judiciary respectively.