The writer is former High Commissioner to Pakistan. Views are personal
Sharat Sabharwal writes: Though Imran Khan has proved to be utterly inept, his fate begs the question — yet again — whether any prime minister, even the most competent one, can succeed in Pakistan without a radical shift in its internal and external orientation
🔴 It reflects, albeit partially, the thinking of the sizeable constituency in Pakistan that realises the importance of a stable relationship with India is in its own interest
Sharat Sabharwal writes: Going forward, if the Taliban build an inclusive and stable system, they maybe able to win international recognition. If they stick to their old ways, they may end up generating opposition, violence and instability in the country.
More than conciliatory words and the restraining of its terror machine, which have been found to be tactical and reversible in the past, a strategic shift in the attitude of the Pakistani establishment is needed.
The change in Jammu and Kashmir’s status will make little difference vis-a-vis Pakistan, situation on the ground in the Valley. It cannot but feed into the already prevailing sense of alienation.
Putting an end to Pakistani terror militarily would require an all-out war to give it a crushing blow — entailing a heavy economic cost, totally disproportionate to the threat posed by it.
India should engage the new Pakistan government, but it must remain cautious.
There must be a political consensus within India on the way forward for J&K
It has not persuaded Pakistan to stop meddling in J&K. Infiltration and ceasefire violations have increased, imperiling lives of civilians and soldiers.
To fulfil ambitions in Indo-Pacific and beyond, India must work for a cohesive South Asia
There are no black and white solutions. India needs to manage relationship, combine dialogue with deterrence