Amid terrorist attacks in Jammu, Pakistan’s “New Resolution”: Embracing neighbours, including India

Pakistan’s ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ campaign, featuring India Pakistan‘s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar have emphasized the ruling government’s desire to mend ties with its neighbours, including India. Highlighting it as one of the priorities of his government’s foreign policy, Dar mentioned the consistent stance on improving ties with its neighbours during a […] The post Amid terrorist attacks in Jammu, Pakistan’s “New Resolution”: Embracing neighbours, including India appeared first on PGurus.

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Amid terrorist attacks in Jammu, Pakistan’s “New Resolution”: Embracing neighbours, including India
Although Dar avoided directly mentioning India, he has consistently advocated for enhancing relations with the neighboring country

Pakistan’s ‘Love Thy Neighbor’ campaign, featuring India

Pakistan‘s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar have emphasized the ruling government’s desire to mend ties with its neighbours, including India.

Highlighting it as one of the priorities of his government’s foreign policy, Dar mentioned the consistent stance on improving ties with its neighbours during a briefing to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Although Dar avoided directly mentioning India, he has consistently advocated for enhancing relations with the neighboring country. His indirect indication of a desire to de-escalate and normalize relations with India during the latest briefing is not the first time such sentiments have been publicly expressed.

After becoming the Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Dar had called on India to reopen business and trade relations through confidence-building measures and table talks.

Dar’s repetitive statements about fostering better relations with India have surely convinced everyone of the ruling government’s boundless optimism in magically restarting channels of engagement with India.

He again highlighted the importance of better relations with the neighbours, including India and Afghanistan, during the briefing of the new committee, citing it as a part of Pakistan’s prioritized aspects of foreign policy which will lay emphasis on high-level engagements with strategic, traditional, and regional partners and neighbours.

Experts say that Dar’s stance on relations with India and Afghanistan indicates a softer position of the democratic coalition government of Shehbaz Sharif towards the neighbouring countries. However, the government’s foreign policy stance may not get approval from the powerful military establishment.

“Pakistan’s relations with India are nowhere because of two reasons. First, India has clearly refused to revoke and reverse the Article 370 decision on Kashmir. And, secondly, Narendra Modi, during his recent election campaign, had made it clear that he has shut down the chapter on relations with Pakistan. In this scenario, I do not see much happening in the near future,” said senior political analyst Javed Siddique.

He stated that Pakistan’s current political setup is duty-bound to take the country’s military establishment into confidence before taking any step forward. Siddique added that the military is on the offensive against TTP and is threatening to even take out terrorists in Afghanistan.

“On the other hand, it (military) has no intent to engage with India if the Kashmir dispute is not settled. Therefore, the current government’s wish to engage with India and Afghanistan may not get a positive signal from the military establishment,” said Siddique.

Regarding relations with Afghanistan, Dar stated that although Pakistan aims for improved bilateral ties, it cannot be overlooked that the recent attack on Chinese citizens in Pakistan was orchestrated from across the border.

Dar said, “Pakistan seeks positive relations with Afghanistan. The attack on the Chinese was not just a terrorist attack. It was an attempt to damage Pakistan-China relations. Two incidents have damaged Pakistan and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was involved in both incidents. We demand that Afghanistan expel the TTP.”

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