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The Pakistan high commissioner seriously transgressed diplomatic norms in meeting the Kashmiri secessionists after being advised against it by the foreign secretary. Accredited envoys do not disregard such top-level “requests” from the host government. Such defiance has a cost, which can be either expulsion or a functional boycott of the envoy.

 
 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made his first big foreign policy mistake by calling off foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan last week just as the latter’s envoy was meeting Kashmiri separatists

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with leaders of SAARC nations to his oath-taking ceremony on May 26 this year infused enthusiasm and hope for the prospects of better India-Pakistan relations writes Nidhi Shendurnikar-Tere

 

For those who were stunned that Narendra Modi invited Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as a part of a regional invitation to heads of state for his swearing-in, there were others who were equally awed that a “dove” in May could have turned a “hawk” some three months down the line writes Sridhar Krishnaswami

 
The decision of cancelling the secretary level talks was decided after hectic negotiations between the Prime Minister’s Office and officers of the Ministry of External Affairs writes Jai Kumar Verma
 


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