Karachi, Nov 3: Sudheendra Kulkarni who was infamously doused with black paint by Shiv Sena activists in Mumbai for hosting book launch of Pakistan's former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri said that We in India must de-demonise Mohammad Ali Jinnah and recognise him as great humanist, leader.
Kulkarni head of the Observer Research Foundation was in Karachi for the launch of Neither a Hawk nor a Dove, written by former minister Kasuri.
Speakers at the event emphasised that talks between New Delhi and Islamabad must continue.
The event, held at a local hotel, featured a distinguished panel, including Pervez Musharraf as well as speakers from India, including Sudheendra Kulkarni, Mani Shankar Aiyar and Salman Haidar.
"Pakistanis should also see Gandhi, Nehru and Abul Kalam Azad in the true, objective perspective," said Kulkarni.
Pervez Musharraf, the chief guest at the event praised former prime ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh for being "sincere for peace". However, while referring to 1999's Kargil debacle, he said that "it was a military victory converted to a political defeat".