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India-Pakistan Relations after Mumbai Attacks

India-Pakistan Relations after Mumbai Attacks,Wilson J,Kaustav Dhar

India-Pakistan Relations after Mumbai Attacks  
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This Paper makes a critical appraisal of India-Pakistan relations and explores their future trajector y in the aftermath of the Mumbai terrorist attack of November 2008. The rising tide of terrorism within Pakistan after 9/11 and the importance of South Asia to the United States made Pakistan selectively withdraw support to terrorist groups. This, in turn, helped India's efforts to initiate the Composite Dialogue in 2004. The Dialogue led to a ceasefire along the Line of Control, encouraged possibilities of bilateral trade, inspired greater people-to-people contact and helped create conditions conducive for mature negotiations. The Mumbai attack pushed the peace process close to the brink of failure but was not completely scuttled, due to the tenacity and composure of the top leadership in both the countries. The Paper's central thesis is that the peace process cannot be held hostage to acts of terrorism and India and Pakistan, must keep the comm unication channels open even during the worst of crises, and not let non-State actors and their State sponsors derail or dictate foreign policy objectives of sovereign nations. Abstract This Paper makes a critical appraisal of India-Pakistan relations and explores their future trajector y in the aftermath of the Mumbai terrorist attack of November 2008. The rising tide of terrorism within Pakistan after 9/11 and the importance of South Asia to the United States made Pakistan selectively withdraw support to terrorist groups. This, in turn, helped India's efforts to initiate the Composite Dialogue in 2004. The Dialogue led to a ceasefire along the Line of Control, encouraged possibilities of bilateral trade, inspired greater people-to-people contact and helped create conditions conducive for mature negotiations. The Mumbai attack pushed the peace process close to the brink of failure but was not completely scuttled, due to the tenacity and composure of the top leadership in both the countries. The Paper's central thesis is that the peace process cannot be held hostage to acts of terrorism and India and Pakistan, must keep the comm unication channels open even during the worst of crises, and not let non-State actors and their State sponsors derail or dictate foreign policy objectives of sovereign nations.
Published in 2009.
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