Pathankot fallout for Peace Talks

Pathankot fallout for Peace Talks

Pathankot attack: A ray of hope in Pakistan's response

The view among the strategic community in India is divided over the sincerity of Pakistan and its responses in approaching the cases to try those who have been involved in attacking the Indian soil from time to time. However, the recent happenings in Pakistan as a response to the Pathankot terror attack have come across as a ray of hope, writes Brig, Anil Gupta (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor.

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After Pathankot, what?

The terror attack on the airbase in Pathankot, reportedly carried out by the Jaish-e-Muhammad, has raised several questions about how to respond to such attacks. The extended time taken by the security forces to neutralise the attack and secure the area as well as the losses suffered by them — seven lives were lost on the Indian side — has led to a clamour for the need to have the ability to respond more swiftly.

Pathankot fallout for Peace Talks

Terror and Diplomacy

In the recent history of relations between India and Pakistan, it has seemed an immutable law: that any apparent political breakthrough will be followed by a terrorist atrocity in India blamed on agents of the Pakistan state.” Further, “to call off the dialogue gives the terrorists what they want”.

Pathankot fallout for Peace Talks

Spoilers Galore

The received wisdom in India (and perhaps the world) in recent years has it that spoilers of the peace process with Pakistan emanate from the latter’s soil.

Pathankot fallout for Peace Talks

Ball in Pakistan's Court

We will not allow our soil to be used against any other country for terrorism.’ This oft-repeated cliché in Pakistan’s official statements has almost become a national embarrassment.

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