PNS Babur (182) with India's INS Delhi in the
background at Langkawi during LIMA 03
New Year dawns as we focus on India's three major problems ---
Poverty, Pakistan and Corruption and hope they will see better days
in 2004. All signals now point towards India as a significant and
responsible nation, but India needs stability in the region and not
to get rattled by Pakistan.
PM Atal Behari Vajpayee travels to Pakistan on 4th January for
the SAARC Summit in the New Year, we highlight some pictures of Pakistan
as a gesture of goodwill –– to show how alike we are. We hope
that the recent peace on the LOC between these two estranged friends
continues to last so that both armies can have a respite and build
trust. This is what the leaders are asking for. We also hope
the ceasefire holds and senior defence officers of both countries
can meet and appreciate each other concerns.
just hope Pakistan sees the light to reduce cross border terrorism,
as benefiting them too. The combined strengths of India and Pakistan
as friends and not foes, can add much to both countries' well being.
Vajpayee is looking for a breakthrough and if President Musharraf
can handle his difficult job well and show he is sincere, we are
sure our wise 80-year-old PM will hold his hand. It is up to the
integrity and courage of Musharraf to show what he is willing to do
towards confidence building and rapprochement. Relying on the Agra
Summit inputs we are confident Vajpayee is willing to go several
385 is the Mushak built in Pakistan and used in the
Baluchistan area. It is armed with rockets and guns for
812 is Pakistan's IJT, the Karakoram 8 with a Honeywell engine
and built in collaboration with Chinese CATIC and is about equal to
India's Kiran in performance.