Author: devasherblog

Former Bureaucrat. Interested in developments in India's neighbourhood, especially in Pakistan and Afghanistan

How Pakistan is courting the abyss

Book Review

Anil Bhat – THE ASIAN AGE

Published : Jun 23, 2017

http://www.asianage.com/books/230617/how-pakistan-is-courting-the-abyss.html

 

Beginning with his fascination and curiosity about Pakistan, as a youngster born seven years after its painful birth, the author, in his preface, appropriately quotes a couplet each of two famous poets — Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Habib Jalib. The English translation of these verses are: This tainted night, this night bitten dawn This is not the dawn we waited for, expressing Faiz’s anguish on Pakistan’s birth in Subh-e-Azadi (Dawn of Freedom) and You are sowing love through violence, smearing the face of the nation in blood; You think your journey is being completed, I am certain you are losing your destiny, conveying Jalib’s lament at Pak Army’s crackdown in East Pakistan. These poets reflected the regrets of many others, not only from the fraternity of artists. (more…)

Missing Factors in India’s Policy towards Pakistan

Vivekananda International Foundation: Occasional Paper 01 June 2017

http://www.vifindia.org/sites/default/files/missing-factors-in-india-s-policy-towards-pakistan.pdf

Many in India often wonder why don’t we have better relations with Pakistan and how long will we keep on bickering and fighting. Many also point to the perils of a miscalculation given that the two countries are nuclear weapons states. The most famous articulation has, of course, been that the bilateral dialogue should be ‘uninterrupted and uninterruptible’.

For the last 70 years every political government in India has tried to engage with Pakistan, to develop a policy that would enable us to live like normal neighbours; some of our finest diplomats have spent their careers in implementing such policies; there have been hundreds of back-channels discussions – track 1.5, track 2, track 3 and so on. All such efforts have mostly come to naught. Today, 70 years after India was partitioned, we are still where we were with Pakistan even as the world around us has changed fundamentally. This must compel us to ask a basic question – what is the missing element in our policy formulation and practice that has resulted repeatedly in a one-step forward-two-steps- backwards relationship with Pakistan.

We have possibly ignored one key element on a long-term basis in our approach towards Pakistan. This is whether a positive relationship with India fits into Pakistan’s ideological and security narrative based on its perception of India.

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BOOK REVIEW- Pakistan: Courting the Abyss,

 

DR. AMBREEN AGHA, Research Fellow, Indian Council of World Affairs New Delhi

INDIAN FOREIGN AFFAIRS JOURNAL- Association of India Diplomats

http://associationdiplomats.org/Publications/ifaj/Vol12/12.1/12.1-BOOK%20REVIEWS(P).pdf

The recent lynching and killing of a young Ahmadi University student, Mashal Khan (23), on 13 April 2017, in the Pakistani tribal Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over charges of blasphemy indicates the culture of “intolerance and violence [that is] not a new phenomenon; [and] dates back to the origins of Pakistan itself” (p. xvii). This is the subject of Tilak Devasher’s book, Pakistan: Courting the Abyss. While reading its first few pages, one is compelled to ask: what is it that has led to the silencing of all debate in Pakistan? Are ongoing military operations a solution to the “totality of the malaise” inflicting Pakistan? To find answers to these questions, Devasher’s book provides a comprehensive account of a country that ‘faces problems internally’ and how it “poses [threats] externally to the world” (p. xxi). (more…)

Book Review: What will be Pakistan’s Fate? Toxic Legacies and Structural Weaknesses

 

San Francisco Review of Books May 24, 2017

http://www.sanfranciscoreviewofbooks.com/2017/05/book-review-pakistan-courting-abyss-by.html

What will be Pakistan’s fate? Acts of commission or omission by itself, in/by neighbours, and superpowers far and near have led the nuclear-armed country at a strategic Asian crossroads to emerge as a serious regional and global concern while creating many grave internal faultlines that raise doubts about its viable existence – or even existence for that matter. (more…)

Pak in for major civil-military face-off: Army rejects Sharif action on Dawn leak

Catch News Published 29 April 2017

http://www.catchnews.com/international-news/pak-civil-military-face-off-scapegoats-not-enough-army-wants-sharif-to-bleed-59349.html

“Notification on Dawn Leak is incomplete and not in line with recommendations by the Inquiry Board. Notification is rejected.” 3:22 PM – 29 Apr 2017

This tweet dated 29 April 2017 from the DG Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor came almost immediately after the Prime Minister’s Office released a notice stating PM Nawaz Sharif had accepted the inquiry committee’s recommendations into the Dawn Leaks. (more…)

Why Pak is so flustered by Husain Haqqani’s recent Washington Post article

Catch News, Published 18 March 2017

http://www.catchnews.com/international-news/why-pak-is-so-flustered-by-husain-haqqani-s-recent-washington-post-article-54871.html

An article in The Washington Post on 10 March by former Pak ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, has set the cat among the pigeons in Pakistan.

Haqqani’s article has to be seen at three levels:  (more…)