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  • Pakistan Elections and India

    Whenever a civilian government has attempted to improve relations with India, it has either had to backtrack on promises made or the Pakistan Army ensures that, through its actions at the LoC and inside J&K, these promises stand scuttled.

    August 08, 2018

    Vishal Khandekar asked: What is the current status of the Kulbhushan Jadhav case?

    Sumita Kumar replies: Kulbhushan Jadhav was awarded a death sentence by a Pakistan Military Court on April 10, 2017. On May 18, 2017, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued a stay order on the execution of the death sentence given by the Pakistan Military Court. The proceedings in the ICJ are still going on with regard to India's request for consular access to Jadhav. India filed its reply to Pakistan's submissions to the Court on April 17, 2018. Pakistan submitted its rejoinder on July 17, 2018.

    Siddharth Kumar: What is the current foreign and economic policy of the Indian Government towards Pakistan? Is that a right policy to go forward?

    Ashok Kumar Behuria replies: India has always adopted the policy of peaceful engagement with Pakistan on all fronts. It has sought dialogue on all outstanding issues (including economic, cultural and people-to-people contact). On the economic front, India has pushed for enhanced trade and commercial engagement and granted Pakistan Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status.

    Return the Favour with a Thousand Cuts: India’s Pakistan Policy

    The current policy is premised on the understanding that unless India hurts the principal architect of Pakistan’s Kashmir policy, that is, the Army, terrorism would continue unabated.

    March 22, 2018

    Re-Positioning Pakistan Occupied Kashmir on India’s Policy Map: Geopolitical Drivers, Strategic Impact

    The monograph urges a policy re-positioning by aggregating key geopolitical parameters concerning PoK which potentially impinge on India’s vital territorial and security interests.


    Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons and the Indian Nuclear Doctrine

    The nuclear escalation risk cannot be contained by the revision of India’s minimum deterrence policy but with a change in Pakistan’s behaviour.

    September 11, 2017

    What Can India Expect from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation?

    India should use SCO for building convergences with China and Russia as well as minimise the intensity of China-Pakistan alignment which undercuts India’s direct access to Eurasia.

    June 05, 2017

    Pakistan, Masood Azhar and Terrorism

    The revival of Jaish indicates that Pakistan will continue to utilise terrorism as an instrument to advance its geo-strategic agenda in South Asia.

    May 15, 2017

    Severing Gilgit Baltistan’s Kashmir link

    Subsuming Gilgit Baltistan as a province may propel a paradigmatic shift and redrawing of Kashmir strategy across both sides of the Line of Control.

    April 19, 2017

    Harsha Gowda asked: What is ‘strategic restraint’? Does following the policy of ‘strategic restraint’ consistently make India a rather soft state?

    Abhay Kumar Singh replies: Resolve and restraint are two key aspects in examining problems of conflict. Resolve refers to state’s willingness to use force for the resolution of a dispute or a crisis in its favour. Restraint refers to the use of other coercive options, viz. diplomatic, psychological and economic, for the attainment of the same objectives without resorting to the use of force.