From the time nation-building began in earnest in the subcontinent, the avowed position of South Asian leaders have been to keep safe distance from India-Pakistan slugfests that frequently add tension in the region. Irrespective of the nature of confrontation, these nations have tried to duck away, out of range from all the sabre-rattling. This pattern was especially visible during the four wars India and Pakistan fought against each other since 1947.
On occasions though, some countries have broken that neutrality to take a pro-Pakistan position. In 1971, Sri Lanka had offered transit facilities to Pakistanis when war was declared against India. The offer was withdrawn only after India threatened to use force to stop the ongoing Pakistan-Lanka cooperation.