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NSA Talks Between India and Pakistan

The cancellation of the National Security Adviser talks between Pakistan and India some days ago could lead to a further worsening of relations between the two nuclear-armed states; border skirmishes have already occurred since then.

 

Due to recent incidents of violence in different Indian states and Indian held Kashmir, the skirmishes with Pakistan on the Line of Control (LOC) and Indo-Pak border, and the media hype created against Pakistan, the public sentiment in India seems to be against any dialogue with Pakistan

 

Perhaps India overlooks the fact that the major stumbling block in the path of fostering friendly relations between both the countries is not terrorism but Kashmir

 

Nawaz Sharif is not amenable like his predecessors, hence the Pakistani army chief cut him down to size and gave a bold message to the civilian government as well as the world including India that real power lies with him, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.

 

The Pakistani leadership and its establishment need to realise that with the arrival of Prime Minister Modi on the scene, they need to revise their foreign policy template towards India.

 
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It is ironical that Sartaj Aziz accused India of violating the democratic rights of Hurriyat separatists. Pakistan should ask itself whether it would allow Gilgit-Baltistan activists, who are calling for an end to Pakistani occupation, to meet the Indian envoy in Islamabad or even Balochistan separatists to meet foreign envoys, writes Divya Kumar Soti for South Asia Monitor.

 

Talks between India and Pakistan suffer from certain inbuilt defects. India, far more than Pakistan, has always been keen to engage in direct talks with the latter. Pakistan prefers instead to talk to the rest of the world, if only to accuse India of perfidy, especially when it comes to Kashmir.

 

Failure is rooted in the national narrative both sides have built for themselves, a narrative that is devoid of historical and geopolitical realities

 

Modi is determined no colleague will call him ‘Maulana Modi’.

 

New Delhi and Islamabad both are acutely aware that negotiation at the talks table is the only way to travel down the potholed peace road, however slow the journey may be,  writes Rashmi Saksena for South Asia Monitor.

 


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