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Once Pakistan tames the snakes in its backyard, as Hillary Clinton once described the jehadis, peace can return to the subcontinent after a long absence from the time of the 1947 partition, writes Amulya Ganguli for South Asia Monitor

 

Trade routes through Afghanistan to Central Asia can only be feasible if there is peace in the region and international observers believe that if Pakistan, India and Afghanistan work in tandem then the marginalised terrorist outfits can be eradicated sooner or later

 

The India-Pakistan dialogue has picked up steam. Meetings have been agreed with impressive precision. 

 

As “go to Pakistan” quickly went from curse to foreign policy initiative, we woke up to find India’s foreign minister in Islamabad, rather than all those “Modi-baiters” and “beef-eaters”. It is a good moment to recap what has comprised a policy on the western neighbour all these months that this BJP-led government has been in charge in New Delhi.

 

External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Islamabad, where she announced the resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan, is amongst the most dramatic announcements made by the Narendra Modi government so far.

 

In the euphoria that followed the announcement about a new dialogue process between India and Pakistan, many would have missed out on a key development – a place at the negotiating table for the Pakistani military.

 

India’s re-engagement with Pakistan has been as dramatic as recent instances of bilateral discord. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Nawaz Sharif have surprised constituents, just as the latter were getting reconciled to a prolonged hiatus and the sense that both sides will settle into a state of mutual avoidance.

 

The agreement by India and Pakistan to resume structured talks, seven years after the composite dialogue was stopped following the Mumbai terrorist attacks, marks a dramatic improvement in bilateral relations.

 

Afghanistan has been conducting its foreign trade largely through Pakistan and could facilitate Pakistan for its trade with Central Asia and, more importantly, for bringing electricity and gas from Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan into South Asia

 

It’s fashionable to want to be a celebrity: To be followed, photographed, documented, deconstructed and talked about incessantly. This is partly because the rewards of being well-known can be numerous, but mainly because the world has self-esteem issues (and their name is Kardashian). 

 


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Title: Reporting Pakistan; Author: Meena Menon; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 340; Price: Rs 599

 
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