Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Speakers at a seminar on "India- Pakistan Relations: The past, present and the future" here on Monday have emphasised on the need for creating space for people of both countries to understand each other better.

Ratanlal Hangloo of Hyderabad Central University blamed the US imperialism for the confrontational stand taken by two countries and the strained relations. A congenial atmosphere was never allowed to be developed either at political or at people-to-people level.

The seminar chaired by former chairman of National Commission for Minorities Justice Sardar Ali Khan, was organised by the Pakistan-India People's Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD), Andhra Pradesh Chapter. Justice Khan said there was no alternative to resolving issues through negotiations and maintaining peace.

Andreas D' Souza, Director, Henry Martin Institute, called for promoting better understanding among people of both countries. Javed Alam, former professor of Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, said people of both countries should mount pressure on their respective Governments to maintain good relations.