Friday 1 August 2014 Home | Sitemap | Contact Us

  Research Papers  |  Books  |  Items
Security Issues South Asia » Terrorism » India – Pakistan - South Asia’s Zero Sum Game
Rahul Bhonsle

Jul 3, 2012

Print Bookmark Email

India – Pakistan - South Asia’s Zero Sum Game

            Much of South Asia’s travails are blamed on the zero sum game between India and Pakistan. Thus when leaders of South Asia, led by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Haseena asked the Indian Prime Minister Dr Man Mohan Singh and then Pakistani Prime Minister Mr Yusaf Raza Gillani to take a quiet walk in the garden in Thimpu during the SAARC summit in 2010 and resolve the differences fresh hopes evoked optimism. This was sustained through the years with the high point being possibility of Most Favoured Nation status accorded by Pakistan to India by the end of 2012 and liberalization of trade including energy as well as the visa regime. Events during June however seem to indicate likelihood of return to the zero sum game, here is why?

             Status quo on two crucial engagements on long standing disputes over alignment of the line of control/international boundary at Siachen and Sir Creek is the first set of events that denoted stalemate in the relations. With over 100 soldiers killed in a snow slide in Siachen, Pakistan had raised the stakes with a flurry of articles indicating necessity for a pull back of troops from eyeball to eyeball confrontation at over 18,000 feet in the Glacier. Pak Army Chief General Kayani seemed to suggest that progress in Indo Pak relations would be based on a breakthrough in Siachen.  For India side without any change in the basic premise, of demarcation, disengagement was not a practical option.

Devoid of a breakthrough in Siachen, Sir Creek remained in the cold freeze. Evidently both sides were not prepared to step up the rapprochement to the next level by resolving the vexatious boundary issue. Opinion makers in Pakistan as Maleeha Lodhi, wrote in the News International, a Jang group newspaper, that given lack of progress in talks at Siachen and Sir Creek, there was no point in continuing the trade track. Ironically the Jang group and the Times of India have launched a joint initiative to improve people to people relations, “Aman ki Asha”.   

Meanwhile there were serious violations of cease fire in the Poonch region of Jammu and Kashmir with mortar firing spilling over for a week. This resulted in blocking cross border movement of people and goods a CBM which had gained much traction.

During the same period, there was political upheaval as Mr Yousaf Raza Gillani was disqualified from the National Assembly by the Supreme Court overturning the ruling of the Speaker of the august legislative body over his indictment in the Swiss reference case. This has reopened the contest between the institutions and political parties with the Army possibly playing a referee or waiting in the wings as per knowledgeable observers. Thus initiatives taken by Mr Gillani and the Pakistan People’s Party President Mr Zardari to improve relations with India are now on the back burner as there is more judicial activism in store for the ruling party.

The severest blow however came with interrogation of the Indian terrorist Abu Jundal alias Sayeed Zabiuddin Ansari who had been operating for the Lashkar e Taiyyaba in Pakistan. Jundal reconfirmed involvement of state actors in that country in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.  The ghosts of terrorism thus again haunt Indo Pakistan relations and unless there is a fundamental shift in strategic discourse between the two major states in South Asia, the zero sum game is likely to continue

Related Tags



 

Related Article

Indo Pakistan Relations in Limbo
India Hyperactive Polity Overheating Economy
INDO PAKISTAN Relations Issues
India: Towards the Super League
Indo Pakistan Talks the Complete Official Rundown
Zardari Visits Ajmer Delhi Soft Indo Pak Diplomacy
Is Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh Recalibrating Pakistan Policy?
Pakistan in 2006 A Nation in Crisis
Indo Pakistan Foreign Ministers Talks – Running While Standing
India's Official Take on Indo Pakistan Talks
Challenges of Indo Pakistan Relations
Modi Defence and Security Policies – Exploiting the “Triple Whammy”
India: Perils of Divisive Polity
India Defence Developments 2006

 

Article by Same Author

Armed Forces Modernisation and Upgradation
Legacy of Kayani Era: First Impressions?
Pakistan Prime Minister’s Ajmer Visit – A Review
South Asia Monsoon Discords
India Russia Defence Technical Cooperation 2012: A Comprehensive Review
Pakistan’s Coming Civil Military Standoff?
Gaza: India Must Stand for Proportionate Response
Challenges to India’s Regional Diplomacy
Aero India 2013 – Fulfilling Larger IAF Mission - I
New Chapter in India Ukraine Defence Cooperation
Exercise Sarvada Vijay & Azm E Nau A Brief Comparison
Indo US Defence Cooperation: High Point of Prime Minister’s US Visit
Talk Asian Cooperative Security and Not Just Balancing China
Tracking South Asia Through the Decade
Maldives & GMR: Small Fish in a Big Pond
BAT Actions on LOC: Tactics with Strategic Impact
Concerns over Implementation of Offset Policy
Defence allotments remain in estimated range
New Terror Networks Unravelled
India Slash In Defence Budget 2012-13?
FDI in Defence: Jaitley Empowers Indian Defence Industry
Afghan Strategic Partnership Regional Response
What to Expect of Defence Budget 2014- 15?
Maldives National Defence Forces (MNDF): Crisis Within
India in a Spot in Bangladesh
Bangladesh – Arming Without Aiming?
Civil Military Relations in India: In Times of Change
Kidnapping in Iraq: Options for the Indian Government
Manmohan Visit to Washington: Rejuvenating Indo US Relations
Inter Community Relations in South Asia
Smart Strategies For Defence Indigenisation
Modi Defence and Security Policies – Exploiting the “Triple Whammy”
Indo Pakistan Relations in Limbo
India in SCO
Security Imperatives of Indo Pakistan Dialogue
Taliban Losses, Afghan Gains
Pak Army Chief: Sharif Makes Safe Choice
BRICS: Towards Political and Security Muscle?
India’s Self Created Bhutan Conundrum?
Pakistan – A Turbulent Beginning to 2013?
US Confirms Pole Position in India’s Bilateral Relations
2G: Holistic Risk Management by Telecom Companies Lacking
Pakistan Exercise Azm-e-Nau 4: Checkmating India’s Cold Start?
The World Must Cheer Afghanistan's Football Victory
Preview of Asia’s Future Power Balance
Are India’s Security Forces Prepared for 2014?
South Asia Political Security Challenges
India’s Final Defence Budget 2014-15: Continuing Challenges to Modernisation
Herat Indian Consulate Attack: Joining the Dots
Religious Radicalisation of Indian Youth a Concern

 
ADD TO:
Blink
Del.icio.us
Digg
Furl
Google
Simpy
Spurl
Y! MyWeb






Home | Security Trends South Asia | Security Issues South Asia | Top Stories | Publication  | Events | About Us | Contact Us | Disclaimer  | Privacy Policy
© Copyright of Security-risks 2014 All Rights Reserved Web Design India Internet
In case you come across any suspicious activity, any suspicious movement or have any information to tell to the Anti-Terror Squad, please take a note of the new ALL INDIA TOLL-FREE Terror Help-line "1090". Your city's Police or Anti-Terror squad will take action as quickly as possible. Remember that this single number 1090 is valid all over India. This is a toll free number and can be dialled from mobile phones also. Moreover, the identity of the caller will be kept a secret.

Please try to make aware each and every citizen of India about this facility.

BC is the westernmost of Canada's provinces and is famed for its natural beauty.Vancouver is BC's largest city.