There has been a wind of change in Pakistan. After prolonged oscillation between the different political parties, power has finally come into the hands of a fresh politician and everyone is hopeful.

India too should be looking at this as a welcome change in improving the relationship with its important neighbour. As an Indian, I sincerely hope and look forward to a healthy and friendly relationship with Pakistan; hence I was very disappointed to watch the Indian media raking up a needless and frivolous controversy on Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Siddhu’s visit to Islamabad for the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan, Pakistan’s new Prime Minister. There is no point in debating with people who consider this act as an insult to the Indian martyrs, because common logic does not seem to be their strong point. Meaningful dialogue and discussions are the only way forward.

I am sure that Khan would be willing to talk with the Indian government, being a friend of India and someone eager to make a change. He has promised to take two steps if India is willing to take one step. We need to think pragmatically and take his promise on face value and be willing to initiate dialogue. Both sides need to shed suspicions and approach this with open minds. Having lived for a long time in the UAE with several Pakistani friends and neighbours, I am convinced that the common people on both sides genuinely long for friendship and harmony. Let us look ahead at a future where we have meaningful exchange of culture, people and ideas between us.

- The reader is a resident of Dubai