Pak editorial visualizes Manmohan Singh as a "paradigmatic" leader after Nehru

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Islamabad, July 31 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh might have been at the receiving end of an opposition flak for 'diluting' India's position on Pakistan during talks with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani at Sharm-el-Shiekh, but an editorial in a leading Pakistan daily has commended Dr.Singh's effort for working for peace and stability in the region and referred to him as a "paradigmatic" leader after Jawaharlal Nehru.

The Daily Times editorial speaks high of Dr.Singh's political stature while defending his 'Pakistan policy' during his address in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

India's emergence on the world map as a developing power is primarily due to Dr.Singh's determined efforts, the editorial says.

"Despite platitudes about Mr Singh being a "weak" prime minister, he has proved once again that he is indeed the "paradigmatic" leader after Jawaharlal Nehru. India owes its new stature in the world to him after he changed the Nehruvian model of the economy in 1991 as finance minister," the editorial said.

It said that if the leaderships of both countries agree with Dr.Singh's views, then he is surely going to change the Indo-Pak strategic equations.

Dr.Singh, during his speech in the Lok Sabha, had stressed on the need of direct Indo-Pak talks without involving any third party in it.

Commenting on the Sharm-el-Sheikh meeting, the editorials said that while the meeting is being hailed as a success for Prime Minister Gilani, but the truth is that the government had paved the way for this success by announcing the 'truth'.

It viewed the meeting as a good opportunity to restart the bilateral talks between both nations.

The editorial said that the efforts of Dr.Singh should be applauded and leaders, who are criticizing his move, should lend him support for the larger interest of people of both countries.

"The Cold Warriors in India should take heed from what Mr Singh has said. Indeed, the brave statesmanlike initiatives of the Pakistani and Indian leaders should be applauded," it concluded. (ANI)

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