The problem with Pakistan
Pakistan’s volte face on the bilateral discussion with India should not come as something astonishing or out of the blue given India should be quite familiar by now of the malicious and malevolent mindset of Pakistan. It would not indeed be a hyperbole to remark that Pakistan has become the personification of destruction and devastation with her hawkish approach on tearing apart peace in the subcontinent.
The complete U turn on the part of Nawaz Sharif is indicative of the fact that Pakistani government is under duress from the nation’s army which is calling the shots. For India, the double whammy is quite obvious as we are bound to deal with a state with a failed and fractured democracy, which has a figurehead prime minister whom the army has reduced to a paltry scarecrow.
The Indian foreign policy of coexistence has also been time and again demoniacally dared and threatened by this nefarious neighbour which has been harping on the same tune about its Kashmir obsession. It is quite oblivious of the fact that India will never soft-pedal the Kashmir issue with any candy-floss diplomacy and pander to the tantrums of Pakistan. The message is loud and clear that Kashmir is an unalienable part of India and no diabolical power can dismember the nation as it is woven well in national integrity. If Pakistan wants to have a thaw in the relationships and cut the Gordian knot of a self-afflicted crisis with India, it will have to reformat its thinking and formulate a foreign policy vis-a- vis India that keeps non-state actors at bay.