01 December, 2020

Invitation To A Peace Trade

Kasuri describes how India and Pakistan almost negotiated a deal on Kashmir. They must take that road again.

Invitation To A Peace Trade

The chief merit of Khurshid Mah­mud Kasuri’s book Neither A Hawk Nor A Dove: An Insider’s Account of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy is that it is the first authoritative confirmation of a highly important step India and Pakistan took to resolve the contentious issue of Kashmir. As Pakistan’s foreign minister (2002-07), Kasuri has the right credentials to tell us that former prime minister Manmohan Singh and former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf had come close to reaching an innovative agreement on Kashmir. This has been reconfirmed by S.K. Lambah, India’s former envoy to Islamabad, who served as Manmohan’s backchannel int­erlocutor with Tariq Aziz, his Pakistani cou­n­terpart. The post-Musharraf governments in Pakistan, including the incumbent one hea­ded by Nawaz Sharif, have not disowned the consensus-based solution.

Obviously, Narendra Modi, given the decisive parliamentary majority he enjoys, has a historic opportunity to resolve this most vexed dispute by building on the groundwork prepared by his...



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