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Pakistan. Pakistan. Pakistan

It's been a while since l'affaire Sharm-el-Sheikh, but with the Americans active behind the scenes, and the two foreign offices and various sets of politicians involved in daily skirmishes, there is no getting away from Pakistan.

MJ Akbar points out something your correspondent had noticed as well:  "a delicate blur in Pakistan's long-held position that might not be noticed at first glance" when Islamabad foreign office spokesman Abdul Basit clarifyied that there had been no change in Pakistan’s stand and it still wanted an independent Kashmir. [emphasis mine] and wonders: Could a deal come precisely because Islamabad realises that conflict with India has strengthened forces that are now the biggest danger to Pakistan’s civil society, democracy and evolution towards a modern nation?

Shekhar Gupta thinks peace with Pakistan ... "can only happen with the Americans not merely leaning heavily, but even under-writing some Egypt-like arrangement to change the very nature of Pakistani society and establishment"

Vir Sanghvi revisits the various arguments and says: Pakistan has one set of standards for the West and another for India and the language that Islamabad understands best is the language of strength.

Pakistan. Pakistan. Pakistan
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It's been a while since l'affaire Sharm-el-Sheikh, but with the Americans active behind the scenes, and the two foreign offices and various sets of politicians involved in daily skirmishes, there is no getting away from Pakistan.

MJ Akbar points out something your correspondent had noticed as well:  "a delicate blur in Pakistan's long-held position that might not be noticed at first glance" when Islamabad foreign office spokesman Abdul Basit clarifyied that there had been no change in Pakistan’s stand and it still wanted an independent Kashmir. [emphasis mine] and wonders: Could a deal come precisely because Islamabad realises that conflict with India has strengthened forces that are now the biggest danger to Pakistan’s civil society, democracy and evolution towards a modern nation?

Shekhar Gupta thinks peace with Pakistan ... "can only happen with the Americans not merely leaning heavily, but even under-writing some Egypt-like arrangement to change the very nature of Pakistani society and establishment"

Vir Sanghvi revisits the various arguments and says: Pakistan has one set of standards for the West and another for India and the language that Islamabad understands best is the language of strength.

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