26 November, 2020

Cut Ice With The ‘K’

Kashmir is a bellwether for Pakistan vis-a-vis India. It must be tackled for a way forward.

PTI supporters cheer the man who says he is ready to do business with India
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Cut Ice With The ‘K’
outlookindia.com
2018-08-03T14:34:50+05:30

The first interaction between the two leaders was marked by obligatory civility. However, Nar­­e­ndra Modi’s congratulat­ory phone call to Imran Khan on July 30 seems to have led to a series of interpretations among policy planners in India and Pakistan.

Pragmatists see it as nothing more than a customary courtesy extended by the Indian prime minister to his soon-to-be Pakistani counterpart. Opt­imists, on the other hand, are enc­ouraged by the gesture, and read in it the first stirrings of a thaw in frozen bilateral relations.

Various events—untrammelled firing across the Line of Control, terror att­acks by Pakistan-based militants, the Kulbhushan Jadhav case and a Kashmir in turmoil—have cloaked India-Pak­istan ties in a prolonged phase of tension. The result is a lack of meaningful contact or attempts at engaging in a dia­logue to put relations back on track.

So, with a change in civilian leadership in Pakistan, one that enjoys the crucial backing of the all-powerful military...

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