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[9 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a lawyer based in Islamabad.
No one said making peace between India and Pakistan would be easy. The two countries are sitting atop a reservoir of painful history, bitter memories, hate and mistrust. They have active war-mongering constituencies that benefit from their hostility.
Since inception, their definition of national interest has been zero-sum: defeat of one is success of the other. Liberating them of this regressive mindset holding them captive, breaking from the past and imagining a mutually beneficial interdependent future requires bold and determined leadership.
Our leaders will need …

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[9 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

Recent attacks against Indian interests – one in Pathankot inside India and the other in Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan – show how terrorists remain able to not only strike at sensitive locations, but also disrupt crucial, landmark diplomatic advances. To a large extent the terrorist attack has achieved its aim, though not completely. New Delhi has acted more responsibly than expected, but it has associated further advancement in the recent ‘thaw’ with progress, from Pakistan, on investigating the attacks. In addition to bringing perpetrators of this particular round of attacks to …