The contemporary history of the bilateral relationship between the two countries has been a series of conflicts and tensions, with few attempts towards a peace process in between. What is the Indo-Pak problematique? Why is the bilateral relation unable to follow a unilinear trajectory? Will it get addressed in 2018?
2018 will be a challenging year for Pakistan in stabilising relations in its immediate (South Asia) and extended (West Asia) neighbourhoods. Managing the relations with the US and China will also require careful handling. Two domestic factors - forthcoming elections and civil-military relations will further impinge on Pakistan’s foreign policy decision-making process during 2018.
Neither the interior ministry of Pakistan, nor the government of Punjab could provide legal evidence proving the role of Hafiz Saeed, JuD and FiF in undermining the security within Pakistan, or international peace. Perhaps they did not want to. The primary objective was to address the international concerns of Pakistan being seen as “doing more” on counter-terror front
The QCG will not succeed unless the Taliban comes to the negotiating table. And the Taliban wont. It is a simple equation, which the US does not seem to understand. This failure to understand stems from a belief that there is a “Good Taliban” and it is only a matter of time before the Taliban gets divided and a section joins the mainstream.
What was the couple doing in Afghanistan? And why did it take so many years for the US to get them released? Why couldn’t their release been negotiated earlier, when there were other individuals who got to walk free? Given the fact, the couple have children, shouldn’t they been the priority for the Afghan, American and Canadian governments? Finally, was there a military operation in the Pakistani soil, or they were released after a settlement between Pakistani agencies and the Huqqanis?