Kashmir: Pakistan’s security policy seeks 100 years of peace with India, but with caveats | India News

Kashmir: Pakistan’s security policy seeks 100 years of peace with India, but with caveats |  India News
NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s new national security policy seeks peace with India, seemingly no hostility for the next 100 years, nor does it rule out normalization of trade and economic ties without waiting for a final resolution of the Kashmir issue “as long as there is progress in the talks ”between the two countries.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will publish the first “codified” policy of its kind on Friday, focusing on both internal and external issues.
Pakistan had downgraded ties with India and stalled trade after the latter revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in 2019. Last year, Islamabad further reneged on its promise to reopen imports from India, saying it would be impossible to normalize the imports. ties if India did not reconsider its August 5, 2019 decision to reorganize Jammu and Kashmir.
The new national security policy appears to be in line with Pakistani army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa’s call in the past to “bury the past” and focus on geoeconomics in foreign policy. However, it is not yet clear whether Pakistan is ready to reconsider its own Indian demands on the Kashmir issue, namely a promise not to carry out demographic changes and the restoration of full statehood. TOI has learned from diplomatic sources that Pakistan continues to insist that India meet these “conditions” for any substantive engagement between the two countries. However, for India, as the government has repeatedly stated, it is important that Pakistan first stop supporting cross-border terrorism.
A Pakistani media report, in fact, quoted an anonymous Pakistani official as saying there was no prospect of rapprochement with India under the current Modi-led government in New Delhi. Even before the reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir in 2014-2015, Pakistan had refrained from granting India MFN status after apparently considering it for a time.
The new policy is said to call for a seemingly long-term focus on economic diplomacy in the immediate neighborhood and does not advocate for any conclusive measures on ties with any particular country.

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