MIAN Nawaz Sharif's interview to The Hindustan Times contains some appealing sound bytes about how relations between India and Pakistan ought to be, and which any two neighbouring countries wishing to live in peace and harmony should be trying to evolve. But what the PML(N) leader failed to point out, perhaps because he was giving his views for the Indian readership, was that it has been New Delhi's intransigence that has all along stymied Islamabad's efforts to iron out their bilateral differences, forget the bitter past and move towards the establishment of such relationship. His assurance that a political consensus exists in Pakistan for a joint fight against terrorism would have meaning only if the Indians were willing to join that fight. Contrary to their commitment, they are not even willing to share the relevant intelligence though they would not hesitate to raise the hue and cry of an imagined danger, as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did the other day. While the Mumbai incident occurred last November, and charges against certain individuals in Pakistan have since been leveled, India has not yet furnished credible evidence to try them in a court of law. Besides, their refusal to resolve the core issue of Kashmir in a just manner has been a contributing factor to the rise of militancy in the region. Terrorism, no doubt, is a matter of concern for India, but one cannot overlook the glaring reality that Pakistan has been a far bigger victim. And India cannot be absolved from playing a dirty role in this context. The main requirement for laying the basis of good neighbourly relations between the two countries is a change of outlook in New Delhi. Instead of asserting its hegemony and refusing to grant the people of Jammu and Kashmir their right of deciding about their future, it should honour its own word to clear the way for the spirit of understanding to prevail between India and Pakistan that Mian Nawaz visualises.