01 December, 2020

Not A Fast Bowler's Pitch

The Balochistan insurgency is riddled with inner contradictions, interruptions and capacity issues. India will be over-exposed by investing in it.

Protesters in Lahore burn Modi’s image on August 15
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Not A Fast Bowler's Pitch

For Pokemon players, watching an India-Pakistan conflict should be exciting, as both the game and the rivalry seem to be played with the same rules of engagement and principle—maximise power to crush each other, with little recourse to fine diplomacy or other means. Both sides seem to have adopted different tactics. For Pakistan’s military-led establishment, the desire is to engage in discreet pinpricking, yet appear saner than India and convince the international community that Pakistan would like to res­olve issues according to certain legal and strategic norms. Thus, within a week of its high commissioner in New Delhi, Abdul Basit, dedicating Pakistan’s national day to the independence of Kashmiris (in the Valley), Islamabad offered to hold talks on the resolution of the Kashmir issue and, for good measure, negotiate a bilateral arrangement on the non-­testing of nuclear weapons. Rawalpindi hopes to use Narendra Modi’s reputation as an authoritarian leader, whose politics has created a greater chasm in society, to its geostrategic...



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