EXPERIENCE has shown that no matter how accommodating and conciliatory an attitude a Pakistan leader might adopt towards India in his readiness to resolve disputes and have peaceful relations with it, he would come up against a thick wall of intransigence and would soon get frustrated. Mr Zardari has taken a much longer time to feel disillusioned than wiser men in politics would have, and thus incurred the resentment of patriotic Pakistanis, who believe that he would not hesitate to barter away national interests - even Kashmir - for normal relations with New Delhi. That impression has not somehow vanished with his interview to Nesweek because while calling for greater maturity on the part of India when considering the Pakistani request for extradition of Ajmal Kasab, he did not press for a change of heart in the context of Kashmir, the root cause of all hostility between the two countries, and the burning issue of the theft of water by India. The President's remark that terrorists might belong to any country, in reality they are non-state actors is unquestionably right and appropriate not only in general application but also specifically about Kasab and, therefore, does not call for a hostile or reproachful attitude towards the country of his birth. If ever he had a hand in the Mumbai tragedy, Pakistan cannot be blamed. It is necessary for the Indian leadership to demonstrate "more maturity", in case they are really eager to see the elimination of terrorism from our midst. A sincere approach from New Delhi would have a redoubling effect on Islamabad's efforts to root out the scourge. The rhetorical question posed by Mr Zardari to the interviewer about who the financiers of the Taliban were, applied to the Indian intelligence agencies, if to no one else, since enough evidence is available to that effect. The Indian outfits might be creating trouble in cohorts with their counterparts from other countries wishing to destabilise Pakistan, but their involvement in the turmoil in FATA as well as Balochistan and, whenever possible, in the rest of Pakistan, as the May 28 terrorist acts against prayers houses in Lahore would confirm, is beyond doubt. A more mature stand would result in an immediate calling off such stealthy operations. One hopes the Indians would realise that the policy of inflexibility with a nuclear neighbour of 160 million would not pay off. Only durable peace entailing the settlement of Kashmir and other contentious issues in fairness and justice would serve the interests of both countries and the subcontinent as a whole.