Could India Pakistan relations—now within the deep freeze—get a fresh lease of life after March 11 when the results to Assembly elections known? Whereas Islamabad seems to be keen and even prepared for talks, New Delhi, however, appears to be waiting and watching. The results of the elections can include the crucial Uttar Pradesh elections, which will elect 75 MPs to the Parliament.
Are India Pakistan Relations Set To Thaw Post Assembly Elections?
India Pakistan Relations: Pakistan Army pre-occupied with Afghan terror
Referring to the relative quiet on the India–Pakistan border since October 2016. When General Qamar Ahmed Bajwa took over because the Chief of the Pakistan Army, Alam said it’s a clear indication of what Pakistan army needs. New Delhi, too, admits that cross-border firings and infiltration attempts have dropped since Oct 2016. “The Pakistan Army is heavily committed within the Afghanistan-Pakistan region,” Alam said, adding that “most of the terrorism in Pakistan is currently coming from the other aspect of the Durand Line (from Afghanistan).”
Pakistani security forces have recently launched Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad the eleventh anti-terror operation since 2007 across the country. Radd-ul-Fassad, that roughly translates to “elimination of discord,” can aim to eliminate the “residual/latent threat of terrorism, consolidating the gains created in other military operations and more ensuring the protection of Pakistan’s borders,” A statement released by Islamabad on 22 Feb aforesaid. “India should watch the progress of operation,” Alam said. According to Alam, the Asian country’s diplomatic corps has additionally told capital of Pakistan. That it’s more and more “finding troublesome to convert and find the backing of the international community once terrorism continues in Kashmir and terrorists like Hafiz Sayeed move around Pakistan freely.” He added that “Pakistan’s India and Kashmir policy is below review.”
India Pakistan Relations: Islamabad ready for talks
Senior Pakistani journalist and close confidant of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Imtiaz Alam, told Huffington Post that Islamabad is expecting “some forward movement.”
“I will assure you Pakistan has kept the back channels going and open,” said Alam. Who is additionally the Secretary-General of the South Asian Free Media Association.
Alam, who was visiting India recently, added, “from the indications we have. We feel that New Delhi will decide when the elections to the 5 states. Particularly Uttar Pradesh, is out of the way,” he said and “that why i’m here,” he said. On the thorny issue of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Sayeed protected by the Pakistani institution. Alam said, “Both jem and LeT have a large variety of armed, trained and indoctrinated cadre who pose a grave danger to the country.”
Pakistan, first, has to notice a way to disarm, de-mobilise and so integrate them back into society. India holds Masood Azhar responsible for the Pathankot attack in Jan 2016 among others and Hafiz Sayeed. Because the mastermind behind the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks among other attacks in India. According to Alam, the arrest of Hafiz Sayeed is an indication that Pakistan has started the process. Earlier on 20 Feb, Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, whereas addressing an international security conference in Munich, said that. Sayeed poses a “serious threat” to the nation. And was therefore placed under house arrest in the country’s “larger interest”.
India Pakistan Relations :India’s response
The Indian security establishment, however, has been additional cautious in its reactions. Top sources have said that participating Pakistan must “benefit India.”
Also, New Delhi believes “multiple factors” have led to action against Hafiz Sayeed. According to a senior official, New Delhi believes that “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sees terrorism as threat in Punjab“. The source else that 3 additional terrorists besides Hafiz Sayeed who were “never named or wished by India” were conjointly arrested.
“It indicates there’s pressure from within Pakistan,” he said. Besides, India’s persistent pressure and change in us policy have contributed to Pakistan’s actions, the source said. Adding that “Pakistan cannot choose when it needs peace; the talks need to benefit us [India]. We will decide when we will speak peace, each time peace talks starts there’s change is stance of Pakistan”.