An opportunity has been presented to Pakistan by the resignation of President Musharraf.

The question is whether the country's political leadership will seize the opportunity to build a national consensus to lead the country away from Islamism, tribalism, lingualism, terrorism, corruption and the distinction between "true Pakistanis" and "immigrants from India" (i.e. at the time of partition from India, over 60 years ago!).

Given the history of the country, I am doubtful.

But my prayers and best wishes are with the country - and I hope that all Indians will pray and offer their best wishes to a country whose instability and lack of progress does good neither to the citizens of Pakistan nor to the citizens of India.

Prabhu Guptara