Military collaboration could transform the relationship between India and Pakistan, former minister of state for external affairs Shashi Tharoor said at the Kovalam Literary Festival in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. "When 26/11 happened, there was a spasm of hope after the president and prime minister of India announced that the director general of ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) would fly to India to cooperate in the investigation. But the information was leaked (in the form of a press statement from the Pakistan PM's house). Had that (the visit) happened, it would have led to serious cooperation," said Tharoor, a former minister of state for external affairs.
"Military cooperation could indeed transform the relationship between India and Pakistan," Tharoor told a packed house at the Kanakakunnu Palace.
He was participating in a debate, "Indo-Pak: Is There A Way Ahead", featuring a panel comprising Pakistani author Mohammed Hanif, writer Deborah Baker-Ghosh and veteran journalist Satish Jacob. The debate was anchored by BBC journalist Amit Baruah.
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