Midway through his term since elected to office in May 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Pakistan policy has undergone dramatic shifts. From initial enthusiasm, to making an impromptu visit to Lahore in December 2015, and then carrying out ‘surgical strikes’ against Pakistan-based terror camps in September 2016, Mr. Modi’s Pakistan policy has come full circle. With a highly tense border in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), terror strikes against India on the rise, and key elections ahead, Indo-Pak relationship seems to have a reached a point of no return. Conflict escalation remains a real and constant possibility. This article examines how the two countries have reached this dangerous stalemate, and what, if any, are the potential steps towards rapprochement.
The whole article is published in the first issue of Asia Trends: Key Insights & Analysis, l’Asie à la source.