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The Pakistani deep state’s complicity in the Pathankot attack established, ‘yo-yo diplomacy’ will yield no tangible outcomes for India. The government must focus on building military capacity along the border and wait it out before returning to a step-by-step normalisation process

 

IT took yet another militant attack across the border and increasing pressure from outside powers for us to finally act against Masood Azhar and his militant network — although one is not sure how serious we are in cleaning out the stables this time.

 
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Is there any point in talking to Pakistan?  Can Pakistan change its policy of using terror as an instrument of coercion? Will Pakistani generals allow the civilian government there to take any strategic foreign policy decision regarding India?

 
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There have been claims that India and Pakistan are in a proxy war over Afghanistan. But India only had a limited military presence in Afghanistan — a few thousand paramilitary soldiers — and a largish aid programme.

 
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Amid growing bilateral ties, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is set to visit Israel on a two-day tour starting January 17. The high-level trip comes just three months after President Pranab Mukherjee’s historic visit.

 
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In a recent and relatively sober television debate, both the BJP and Congress representatives emphasised that the India-Pakistan engagement should continue despite the Pathankot attack.

 
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The ambience of amity generated by the interaction between the prime ministers of Pakistan and India followed by meetings between the two countries’ national security advisors and the visit of the Indian foreign minister to Islamabad that paved the way for a likely meeting between the foreign secretaries of the two countries was vitiated by the attack on the Pathankot airbase in India.

 

India’s foreign policy has to respond to its rising stature and development needs. A new balance has to be forged to ensure the optimal advancement of its interests.

 
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As Pakistan Army joins Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in condemning the Pathankot attack, former Pakistan's foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri claims Pakistan Army is on board with Sharif in the new peace effort and a serious dialogue must commence between both the countries.  
 

Ahead of his visit to India next month, Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli on Sunday invited Indian businessmen to invest in the Himalayan nation, saying it had lost a lot due to the agitation in the Terai region and that all steps will be taken to create an investor-friendly environment.

 


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