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Published Date: May 17, 2011


Observing that Pak-US relations are at crossroads, speaker at a seminar on Monday urged that the country policy-makers should adopt a truthful approach and honestly accept their mistakes so as to regain the trust and confidence of the nation and subsequently the international community.

The seminar, titled ‘War on Terror: Post-Osama Regime’ was organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). Most of the speakers and participants agreed that Pakistan’s military establishment and intelligence services should be brought under civilian control and the Parliament should make foreign and defence policies of the country.

They underlined that the Parliament resolution should be implemented and there should be an independent commission to fix responsibility for the May 2 debacle.
Defense and security analysts including Lt-Gen (Retd) Talat Masood, Chairman Defence and Strategic Studies Department of Quaid-e-Azam University Prof Dr Rifaat Hussain Syed, former ambassador and analyst Tariq Fatemi and Executive Director SDPI Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri gave these comments during a special seminar.

Lt Gen (Retd) Talat Masood was of the view that the only way to defend Pakistan was to be honest and accountable to the people of Pakistan. He urged that the policy-makers should accept their mistakes and tell the people the truth, as they would forgive and support them.

He said it was necessary to even strengthen democracy and remove international trust deficit. “We should end this self-denial and weaving of conspiracy theories rather we should take this incident as a golden opportunity to have a paradigm shift into our policies and approaches,” he underlined adding, “if the intention is good the people of Pakistan and international community will accept and forgive of these wrongs.”