Secretary Pompeo's salvo against China and Pakistan will likely further harden Beijing’s resolve in preserving its alliance with Pakistan at all costs.
An efficient regulatory regime can play an important role to ensure good governance as well as ensure rule of law.
The current calm in tensions between both the neighbors at this point in time provides an opportunity for soul searching for both India and Pakistan. India must ask the question why Kashmiris feel so deeply alienated and are ready to die. Pakistan must ask the question whether the militants allegedly operating from its soil have become an albatross around its neck. Pakistan also needs to ask how these militants and proscribed groups are undermining the Kashmiris’ just cause.
Where do we go from here? The Pulwama incident has shown that unsolved problems when suppressed tend to go out of hand and create violence.
Pakistan needs to form an effective narrative-building strategy which exposes India’s dual standards and rights violations, especially in Indian occupied Kashmir. Islamabad also needs to globally highlight the case of the Pakistani prisoner murdered in India.
How can the state tolerate an outfit that continues to hemorrhage Pakistan internationally more than anything else? Isn’t it about time to terminate the red herring that is being used to drag and muddy Pakistan’s image? Given the existing desire for doing so, this will be achievable only through a united and pro-active civil-military leadership. They shall have to ‘walk the talk’ through demonstrable indiscriminate actions against all non-state actors.
One analyst says India and Pakistan need to find a way to keep de-escalating tensions without either losing face.
There are at least four reasons why the post-Pulwama situation requires Pakistan's measured assessment of the action and reaction, careful responses to India and other major nations. Equally important would be urgent action against all those non-state actors that have adversely impacted Pakistan’s image abroad.
India is being advised to be careful in its response to the Kashmir attack. One Pakistani analyst calls on cooler heads on both sides to defuse the situation while The Hindu, one of India's respected dailies, calls on Pakistan to act against Jaish-e-Mohammad, the group that has taken responsibility for the deadly attack.
A new “thought” in Islamabad is gaining momentum. This thought from within the military circles certainly reflects a new pragmatism. The thought asks: Why not develop a new strategy that is economic, and not “praetorian”, in its focus?