- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 5, 2001

It is not the Embassy of Pakistan´s business to question how the United States should conduct its relations with India. Our interests are only in Amos Perlmutter´s treatment of Pakistan in the May 1 Commentary column “China and India in the long run,” among other articles.

The fact is that Hindu fundamentalists, and not Pakistanis, are responsible for the communal tensions between Muslims and Hindus, as evidenced by the destruction of Babri Mosque and the persecution of Muslims and Christians. In Indian-occupied Kashmir, the exploitation and repression of the Kashmiri people for the past 50 years is a well-documented reality that is validated by neutral and objective observers such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and others. As a result of the brutality of the Indian occupation forces, at least 50,000 Kashmiris have been killed in the past decade alone.

As far as Pakistan´s internal affairs are concerned, Mr. Perlmutter is either unaware of the facts or has chosen to ignore them. In every election, the Pakistani people have not voted for Islamic parties, which is a matter of record that he simply has overlooked. For his information, India, and not Pakistan, is being ruled by religious fanatics.

As a professor of international relations, Mr. Perlmutter also should know better than to downplay the role and importance of Pakistan as a pivotal state in the region with its geostrategic location at the crossroads of South and Central Asia and the Near East.


ASAD HAYAUDDIN

Press attache

Embassy of Pakistan

Washington


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