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भारत को पाकिस्तान के साथ संबंध सुधारने में कोई दिलचस्पी नहीं है...मुख्य बाहरी चिंता चीन है': विदेश नीति विशेषज्ञ

'India has no interest in improving ties with Pakistan...prime external concern is China': Foreign policy expert

Foreign policy expert: India prioritizes relations with China over improving ties with Pakistan, indicating minimal interest in the latter.

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  • 12, May, 2024
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'India has no interest in improving ties with Pakistan...prime external concern is China': Foreign policy expert

Amidst the intense atmosphere of the Lok Sabha election in 2023, Pakistan remains a focal point in the rhetoric of Indian political leaders at campaign rallies. Michael Kugelman, the director of the South Asia Institute at the Wilson Center, comments on Prime Minister Modi's recent statements regarding Pakistan. Kugelman notes that Modi's stance is not surprising, as he has consistently maintained a tough position on Pakistan since the Uri and Pathankot attacks that occurred subsequent to his unexpected 2015 visit to Lahore. This steadfast approach indicates Modi's lack of interest in engaging with Pakistan diplomatically.

In the current scenario, characterized by strained relations between the two nations, Kugelman observes that India exhibits neither a desire to mend nor exacerbate ties with its neighbor. While there is a clear reluctance on India's part to pursue rapprochement with Pakistan, there is also an aversion to further deterioration of relations.

The reference to the Uri and Pathankot attacks underscores pivotal moments in recent history that have influenced India's stance towards Pakistan. Following these incidents, Modi's administration adopted a firm stance, prioritizing national security concerns and demonstrating little inclination towards diplomatic engagement with Pakistan.

Kugelman's analysis sheds light on the nuanced dynamics shaping India-Pakistan relations. Despite occasional diplomatic overtures or attempts at dialogue, such as Modi's Lahore visit in 2015, the underlying trajectory of India's policy towards Pakistan remains marked by caution and skepticism.

As the election fervor rages on, with Pakistan serving as a recurring theme in political discourse, the broader context of regional geopolitics and security considerations continues to influence India's approach towards its neighbor. The delicate balance between maintaining a tough stance and preventing further escalation remains a key challenge for India's foreign policy in the South Asian region.

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