‘The picture only looks worse from where Bajwa sits.’ IMAGE: Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. The first reaction among informed Indians to Pakistan army chief General Qamar Ahmed Bajwa’s 13-minute speech at the Islamabad Security Dialogue would be a yawn. All he’s saying is, India and Pakistan should bury the past, make a new beginning, they have a shared stake in peace so they can focus on their economies, and so on. Isn’t this what every Pakistani leader, elected or not, has said at some point of time? Then they stab you in the back. So, what’s new? To borrow and twist that phrase from the disclaimers in mutual fund advertisements, if the past is the only guide to future performance there is no point talking about Pakistan. Just buy more sniper rifles and sit on the LoC. So how do we break the deadlock? Bombing them to Stone Age isn’t the answer. We know that post Kargil, Op Parakram and Pulwama/Balakot. Even tough-talking US security-diplomat Richard Armitage, who famously used this threat to make Pakistan fall in line after 9/11, knew it was just hyperbole. In the 20 years since, the US has bombed large parts of… Read full this story
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