Nobody is against having good neighbourly relations with India. After all we have contiguous borders and peace and understanding between the two countries is of prime importance for both to develop and prosper; but the condition precedent must be the resolution of the core dispute of Kashmir in accordance with the wishes of the people of the occupied state and that, indeed, is the same that India solemnly committed at the UN Security Council and to the people themselves. Therefore, for Mian Nawaz Sharif, who is tipped to become the next Prime Minister of Pakistan to invite Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan at this stage to be present at his oath-taking ceremony is a kind gesture, but saying the incumbent prime minister would visit India "whether invited or not", is an unbecoming statement from the future premier. Such expressions of eagerness are appropriate at the campaign stage, and not now when Mian Nawaz is pounded to dictate policy for the next five years. The climate of tension generated by the accident which led to the death of Sarabjit Singh, a terrorist and India's own acclaimed spy, and the premeditated retaliatory murder of a Pakistani prisoner has not yet subsided. And what if Mr Singh insults the incumbent Pakistani premier by declining his offer, on grounds of short notice and important engagements at home? What then?

Phone calls felicitating Mian Nawaz on his success were received from several friendly heads of state, including the US, Britain, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon facilitated the Pakistani nation on holding election. International media has called his victory impressive, adding that Pakistanis have answered the bullet with the ballot. President Obama congratulating the people of Pakistan on holding elections and showing a historic turnout, said that the US was ready to work with the new leadership on equal basis. Here it is important to note that keeping in line with his long-held stand, Mian Nawaz gave vent to the people’s sentiments that they had serious concerns over drone attacks. He is not likely to find the US administration so easily receptive to the stopping of these strikes. He would have to strive hard to convince the CIA that the drones are counterproductive. They kill hardcore terrorists, but few and far between; the overwhelming majority of victims are the ordinary tribesmen, women and children. Estranging these people translates itself into swelling the force of militancy; for, if remaining peaceful and aloof from the war on terror carries the death penalty, they might as well fight to drive the foreign forces out of the region that are playing havoc with their lives. Drones are a sore point with Pakistanis and a major issue that is the cause of a continuing negative perception of the US. President Obama ought to seriously think about it.