Coherent Strategy For Pak

One of the best things to emerge from the eventful Monsoon Session of Parliament is a richly instructive report on India-Pakistan Relations. Surprisingly, the report — remarkable, among other things, for Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s significant policy observations – has not drawn the attention it deserves in the media or the strategic affairs community.

Presented to the Lok Sabha on August 11, the report of Parliament’s Standing Committee on External Affairs is, perhaps, the most comprehensive one of its kind in recent memory. The 31-member Committee, chaired by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, has surveyed the entire spectrum of India-Pakistan relations — from the strategic to the economic and cultural. In its year-long examination of all the dimensions of the relationship, the Committee begins with an historical overview; maps the dialogue process, approach and policy; reviews border management and security, Pakistan’s cross-border terrorism and subversive activities, Jammu & Kashmir, nuclear and missile programme and the recent surgical strikes; captures the role and reactions of global actors and institutions; and, finally, suggests the way forward with a roadmap of 22 recommendations. Read More…

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