There are several areas in which both Pakistan and India must work together to improve their relations, both for the progress of their people and development of South Asia. An important area which has been highlighted as a mutual ground toward making progress is telecommunication sector. In a recent meeting held between the Commerce Secretaries of both the states, enhancing telecom and air linkages has been discussed.
There are now separate groups made on both sides to work further on a plan that can help both sides’ telecommunication industry and businesses without having a fear of getting ahead in the game. There will be a Joint Working Group that will be formed before November 15 that will work on bilateral commercial flights and liberalise telecommunication connections between Pakistan and India.
Recently, there had been allegations on Pakistan by India that there are unwanted elements trying to spy and sell information to the intelligence community. However, such negative cases will not assist in moving to the better ground where relations can be developed on mutual trust and benefit.
Commercial flights from New Delhi to Islamabad and vice versa have not taken place for years now and there is no direct air route. Most of the travelling that take place between India and Pakistan happens via other air routes and airlines. This important air route connection is also necessary if both countries want to show the world that they can work together keeping aside their differences.
There has also been a talk of establishing courier services. As both seek better trade opportunities within each other, all of these services, of telecommunication, commercial flights and courier services will help strengthen the progress and bring results. To a moderate mind, the voice has been saying the same; let us progress side by side.