Diplomatic Freeze with Pak: You are Right, Mr Modi

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67 years after independence, the distance between India and Pakistan continues to grow. The already fragile relationship which is on a downward spiral amid continuous ceasefire violations, hit further low when Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s went ahead with his decision to meet Kashmir separatist leaders of Hurriyat Conference.

The Narendra Modi government rightly decided to cancel the foreign secretary level talks between India and Pakistan. The message was loud and clear: Pakistan has to choose between Indo-Pak dialogue or hobnob with separatists.

The bold decision of the Indian government was appropriate at this crucial juncture, as government level talks and nuisance of pampering separatists leaders cannot go hand in hand. It will be unjustified to question Modi government’s decision as it has shown considerable grace to its neighbour and offer plenty of opportunities to build harmonious relations. Unfortunately, our experience with the troublesome western neighbour has repeatedly shown that it is very tough to expect honesty and transparency from Pakistan, while engaging them in dialogue.

Today, Pakistan is on the brink of collapse. Its provinces of Balochistan, FATA and North West Frontier Province (NWFP) are witnessing conflicts. The Tehreek-e-Taliban or TTP had wreaked havoc for the last few years, resulting in scores of major terror attacks inside Pakistan. Grudge against the Pakistani government has been on the rise in FATA and NWFP. There has been various protest march against the Pakistani government led by cricket star turned opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Mohammad Tahir ul-Qadri. With the uncertain fate of the Nawaz Sharif government, it’s futile to waste words. The smart strategy is to just wait and watch, as the events unfold in Pakistan.

What is the point in dealing with a troubled state which is unsure of its own future? Pakistan has been plagued with various problems such as decaying economy, dysfunctional government and protests across the country.

India will also have to keep in mind the volatility of the situation inside Pakistan and prepare for any eventualities as history has been testimony to the fact that whenever it has been in turmoil, it has resorted to hype up the Kashmir issue and create more trouble there.

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