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This Silence Is A Scream

Accidents of history have created a climate apt for an India-Pak detente

This Silence Is A Scream
illustration by Sandeep Adhwaryu
This Silence Is A Scream
outlookindia.com
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Ever since the collapse of the Agra summit, India and Pakistan have been engaged in a complex dance of courtship with each other. Every three or four months, Pakistani leaders—sometimes the foreign minister, sometimes Pervez Musharraf—have proposed that talks be resumed. India has responded with the stock answer—there was no point in doing so if Pakistan did not first end cross-border terrorism. The recent overture has come from the newly-elected PM of Pakistan, Zafarullah Jamali. In his 90-minute address to the nation, his first ever, Jamali once again offered a resumption of talks over Kashmir and other outstanding issues. The brevity of his reference suggests that he might have done so more by rote than out of conviction.

New Delhi would still do well not to shut the door without exploring what the new PM may have in mind. The reason for doing so resides in the profound changes that have taken place during the past six months in Kashmir, in the rest of India, in Pakistan, and in the West Asia region.

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