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Streamlining Pakistan-India Relationship

Pakistan-India Relationship

By: Asad Hussain

The ever-worsening bilateral relationship of the two archrivals, Pakistan and India, is fast moving towards an unmanageable phase of circumstances. During the recent months, a warlike situation has been witnessed on the Line of Control (LoC) and in India-occupied Kashmir. The two neighbouring states are excessively involved in waging propaganda wars only to defame each other. The hostility and enmity picked up the pace after Narendra Modi took over as the Prime Minister of India, in 2014.

There is no denying the impression that blame game has remained one of the most significant tools used by the two states against each other to dent other’s reputation in world politics and to achieve one’s own objectives. To quote a few such instances, India holds Pakistan responsible for the incidents of attacks carried out by the indigenous freedom fighters in India-held Kashmir. India also vigorously aired the propaganda to blame Pakistan for the attack on its Parliament (Dec 2001); Mumbai attacks (Nov 2008), Pathankot attack (Jan 2016), the attack on army camp in Nagrota near Jammu city (Nov 2016) and Uri military camp attack (Sep 2017).

To pursue its nefarious agenda against Pakistan, India alleges that groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba/Jamaat-ul-Dawa and Jaish-e-Muhammad are responsible for these attacks. New Delhi keeps on demanding that the chiefs of these organizations be handed over to India and the ‘terrorists’ caught by Pakistani government for their alleged involvement in Mumbai attacks be hanged, although India has not provided even a single piece of evidence as the case is still pending before the courts of law in Rawalpindi.

On the other hand, Pakistan has concrete proof of Indian involvement in creating unrest in Balochistan and Karachi. The arrest of an Indian national, Kulbhushan Jadhav, is solid evidence which confirms the involvement of Indian intelligence agencies in spreading terror and chaos in Pakistan for which they pour in funds to non-state actors. The recent spate of bloody terrorist attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan is a part of the same story.

The current Indian manoeuvres highlight three important paradigms of strategy adopted by New Delhi.

First, India has demanded punitive measures against the organizations listed above for the resurrection of the dialogue process.

Second, this precondition for holding peace talks is coupled with Indian endeavours to isolate Pakistan internationally and regionally, and to get it declared as a state that sponsors terrorism.


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