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Every year, December 16 is observed in Pakistan as a moment of morose stocktaking, in which India is held responsible for the break-up of Pakistan in 1971. However, over the years, the Pakistani media has taken to mixing the message. It now balances the short-term culpability of India with the long-term culpability of Pakistan.

 
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Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has repeatedly asked India to resume talks which had got snapped following the terrorists’ attack on Mumbai in November 2008. His brother, Chief Minister of Pakistan’s Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, echoed the same sentiments during his visit to India’s Punjab a few days ago. His advice to both the countries was to engage in dialogue to settle their issues since war is no longer an option.  
 
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India’s policy options are clear — while supporting a free and fair election in Bangladesh, with the participation of all registered parties, including the BNP, India must not hesitate in providing full support to an AL-led government that takes office, in the event of any boycott of the elections by the BNP. 

 
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By putting off bilateral dialogue, India is missing the opportunity to engage with the changing reality of Pakistan’s power structure

 
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Pakistanis like Nisar Ali Khan or Imran Khan (who later joined the condemnation separately) would surely not understand what went on here on the soil of Bangladesh, because they were more than a thousand miles away in the west, enjoying an easy life while Bangladesh was burning.

 
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is determined to “normalise” relations with India, backed by a business community consensus that bilateral trade and investment should be facilitated.
 
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If the Pakistani establishment, which of late has been vocal in condemning Bangladesh over the execution of the war criminal Abdul Quader Mollah, should now chance on the Jamaat’s reference to the Pakistan army as an instance of historical brutality, how might it react?

 
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Tamil Nadu fishermen entering Sri Lankan waters interfere with the livelihood of Sri Lankan Tamils struggling to make a living from the sea after a brutal war  
 
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If New Delhi is serious about its concerns over rapid western withdrawal from Afghanistan, it should along with other governments form a multinational joint working group to assess the points of vulnerability for Afghan forces

 
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Delhi is at a loss in responding to the new strategic environment

 


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