India’s decision to review the most favoured nation status given to Pakistan comes on the heels of its reconsideration of the Indus Water Treaty.
The bundle of benefits and achievements accruing from a shared vision of the Indus basin transformed water from a source of potential conflict to a resource for advancing peace.
‘We have attempted a new paradigm of friendship in the last two years which is without precedent and what did we get in return? Pathankot, Bahadur Ali, and Uri,’ said India’s external affairs minister about Pakistan.
Given the conventional parity which exists between India and Pakistan, the outcome of war operations in the western theatre in 1965 and 1971 paints a picture that is still relevant today.
Militarily engaging a nuclear Pakistan might bring war to the country’s mainland: are we prepared to pay that price?
‘I want to tell you that India wants to fight with Pakistan. If you have the courage then why not fight to end poverty, unemployment, illiteracy. Let us see which country wins, India or Pakistan,” said Modi, reaching out to the people of Pakistan
The key to peace in the region is to tackle the roots of the tension, which is the dispute over Kashmir.
In a red rag to the Indian government, Sharif spoke of the “murder” of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, whom he described as a “young leader”. India hits back, says this shows Pakistan’s “continued attachment to terrorism.”
From advocating sending suicide bombers across the border to taking ‘a whole jaw for a tooth’, Indian politicians and analysts have let fly. Pakistan would have been vanquished by now if only such political grand standing was enough.
Wrath of God was Israel’s code name for the operation involving systematic retaliation against the planners and financiers of the Munich massacre. India needs to find ways to hurt the terrorist organisations and sponsors behind Uri the most.
If India is to make headway in Kashmir, the Modi government’s new diplomatic strategy must be accompanied by bold measures to resolve the internal dimension as well.
At the end of the day, Modi has to ensure that the options he exercises – particularly the military ones – do not leave the country worse off than before in terms of casualties and costs.
The Indian response must be calm and measured, and must begin by establishing as complete a picture of the incident and its dramatis personae as possible.
Pakistan ‘is a country which has systematically abused and violated the human rights of its own citizens, including in Balochistan,’ India tells the Human Rights Council.
Since the Seoul plenary of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Chinese stand on India does not appear to have moved at all.
As Pakistan Grants Conditional UNHRC Access to PoK, India Says Terror is Main Human Rights Violation
A statement issued by External Affairs Ministry said there was no comparison between the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
India should not ignore the fact that the Non Aligned Movement comprises frontline states in the contest for economic influence between China and the United States.
Both countries also announced they will resume their stalled trilateral meeting with Afghanistan – just as Kabul is expressing growing frustration over Pakistan failing to act against the Taliban.
Letters between Nehru and India’s ambassador in the US shed light on his stand that while India was “certainly entitled to a permanent seat in the security council,” it would be dangerous for this to come at the cost of China.
The US sees the relationship in the context of India’s larger role in Asia, first as a counter-weight to China, and then as a partner in the US-led order. India, unsure of its future role in the region, is mainly looking for transactional benefits.
The Indian foreign secretary has virtually ruled out a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart this month if cross-border terrorism is not on the agenda.
“They made an offer, we have responded to the offer. It is up to them to carry it forward”, says India as Pakistan insists its invitation for “dialogue on Kashmir (was) in in view of the gross human rights violations there.”
Modi has been ‘ruminating’ on Balochistan situation, is ‘troubled by human rights violations by Pakistani forces there’, say sources in New Delhi.
Bhutanese legislators are worried the BBIN plan may cause environmental trouble for their country and are carefully weighing the pros and cons of the road agreement.
By moving Balochistan centre-stage as a pawn in the larger strategic game between India and Pakistan, Modi is not showing concern for human rights violations but engaging in pure realpolitik. With unknown consequences.
Discussions were held in a “positive, constructive and open spirit” say sources but the gulf on key issues appears to remain as wide as ever.
China’s industrial overcapacity and economic and social difficulties can be an advantage for India, but for that the Modi government will have to change the thrust of its foreign policy
Customs officials seized the smuggled goods valued at 35 million taka ($447,000), Moinul Islam Khan, head of intelligence at Bangladesh customs, told Reuters.
Though he took no names, the home minister’s remarks were directly aimed at Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif
Feeling that its overtures for closer ties have been rebuffed, China is now resuming its policy of isolating and neutralising India
With one eye on Beijing, enhanced economic and strategic ties are on the agenda but sale of the sea-launched Brahmos missile is not on the cards.
Indian officials have made clear that Modi’s visit to Islamabad for the Saarc summit on Nov 9-10 will take place even if the graph of India-Pakistan relations does not rise in the months ahead.
‘The NSG is a non-proliferation regime. It is not a disarmament forum. Questions relating to the universality of the NPT are addressed at other fora where Mexico actively participates.’
There are no school-going children of Indian high commission officials studying in Pakistan during the current academic session which began in April, sources added.
The more China –India cooperation increased in the future, the easier it will be for both countries to find a mutually acceptable solution to the border issue.
“We can now expect some tit for tat for no rhyme or reason. If Indian scribes are turned out off China we too will lose our eyes and ears in that country. Not extending visas of journalists is a needless aggravation,” says Mohan Guruswamy.
By drawing even closer to the United States and signing binding agreements, India is giving up years of carefully calibrated balance in its foreign policy.
“The attempts in Pakistan by various players to ingratiate themselves to the people of J&K in the run up to the so called elections in territories under Pakistan’s illegal occupation will not succeed,” said MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
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Much of what we have seen in the strengthened China-Pakistan alignment in the last decade is a reaction to the rise of India.