Former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri on Tuesday urged India and Pakistan to spread positivity through a ‘healing balm’ to improve the deteriorating relations between the two neighbouring countries.
“It is incumbent on India and Pakistan to realise that their founding fathers had a completely different view on how Hindus and Muslims would conduct themselves in reference to each other. It’s a pity that this is not the case today. Men of goodwill in both the countries should try to apply a healing balm,” Kasuri told the media during his visit to Mani Bhawan, the focal point of Mahatma Gandhi’s political activities in Mumbai between 1917 and 1934.
“It is very easy to spread negativity but very difficult and rewarding to spread positivity. My book is an attempt to expand the convergence between the two countries. It’s a privilege to be here. The Indian freedom struggle depicts that we had a common history when we were fighting against British whether it is India or Pakistan. Sincere efforts were made by Mahatma Gandhi and Mohammed Ali Jinnah to keep the two people together,” Kasuri added.
Kasuri’s book ‘Neither a Hawk nor a Dove’ was launched in Mumbai yesterday amid protest by the Shiv Sena.