Dec 2, 2008 0
Below is an excerpt from my latest external piece, published at the World Policy Review.
Pakistan’s Perpetual Precariousness
On Nov. 26, terrorists laid siege to Mumbai, making the poshest area of India’s commercial capital a war zone for several days. The attacks once again raised the specter of an Indo-Pak war. Yet, earlier in the day, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had arrived in New Delhi to continue recently renewed peace talks with his Indian counterpart. The two South Asian states, playing to a script performed before, had in a short period of time taken two steps forward and 10 steps back.
Relations between India and Pakistan are clearly fragile and volatile. They have been so since the bloody birth of both states in August 1947. The two countries are linked by culture, history, and geography, but these very elements also contribute to their divide.