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Pakistan and India

Still estranged?

 

The only thing the recent foreign secretary interaction was supposed to achieve, considering the background, was breaking the ice. And, in hindsight, it must have taken more than Obama’s push to get Modi to rollback the freeze on talks. The Kashmir election changed things too. The defeat – despite Modi’s personal hectic efforts – and especially tough negotiations with PDP, brought BJP back to Earth. Now, the understanding seems gaining currency that the extreme position adopted following the Pakistani ambassador’s meeting with Hurriyet did not achieve any purpose. Pakistan remained committed to ‘core issues’, and the army made it amply clear that any further LoC and Working Boundary adventures would be paid back with authority.

If anything, Indian antics indirectly helped Pakistan’s position internationally. Why the fuss over Hurriyet, especially since Delhi has had no such problems in the past, even under BJP? And since Islamabad has finally done the right thing with Zarb-e-Azb, why not wait to see if it comes full circle with ‘terrorists of all hues and colours’ rather than ignite the border and freeze negotiations? Little surprise, then, that Washington has also put its weight behind talks. Now Delhi will be seen blinking first, and core issues, obviously, will have to be discussed sooner or later.

In these terms, at least, the visit can be dubbed a success. Both sides realise, however begrudgingly, that the solution eventually lies in the other listening to its grievances; which, of course, would require very serious reciprocity. Both must now begin to come to terms with the reality that the maximalist solution might not just be improbable, but also unfeasible. Much has changed about Pakistan, India and Kashmir since Partition, and political animosity of a bygone era must no longer be allowed to hold back economic linkages, which are essential if people’s lives are to improve. If Secretary Jaishankar took such a message back to Delhi, and the Modi government decided to carry the process forward – by inviting Pakistan’s FS – before it loses momentum, things might slowly move forward after all.



4 Comments

  1. BLA BLA said:

    PAKISTAN N INDIA SHALL NEVER NEVER BE GOOD NEIGHBOURS AS LONG AS THERE IS NO LONGTERM ACCOUTABLE DEMOCRATIC GOVTS -BOTH INDIA N PAKISTAN .. NO MORE COALITION BLACKMAILS OF THIS THAT SMALL PARTIES ..

  2. BLA BLA said:

    ALL POLITICS OF RELIGION SUNNIES SHIAS DIVIDES ..CASTE CREED REGION AHARAAMS IMRANKHAN NIAZI MUST STOP DEAD FOREVER .. THEN NEEDS OF AAM AWAAM CAN BE LOOKED AT ==PEACE ==BASIC PUB;IC SERVICES == BRING IN UK USA SUPERMARKETS IN MAIN CITIES — NO MORE ALLHARAAMS SHOPKEEPERS FOOD ADULTERATORS CORRUPT CROOKS CIVIL SERVICES JUDICIARY JUDGES .. ARMY MUST BE FOR DEFENCE –NOT DICTORS LIKE MUSH BUSHDOGS ..

  3. Meerah642 said:

    Before India can engage in any real talks with Pakistan, the people of Pakistan need to accept REALITY first!!!

  4. vinsin328 said:

    Indian Muslims will not vote Modi if he tries to improve ties with Pakistan, no political party in India will ever take that risk. Vajpayee did and got paid by Indian Muslim voters.
    So if India starts supporting Baluchistan separatists movement, Pakistan should also dont have any problem. If Pakistan want to support Hurriyat then why keep demanding UN resolution. Supporting separatists is against UN resolution.

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