Where are India-Pakistan relations headed under Pakistan’s new Prime Minister? | In Focus podcast

Sharat Sabharwal speaks to us on the future of India-Pakistan relations and the challenges facing Pakistan’s new Prime Minister on this front

April 20, 2022 06:32 pm | Updated 06:32 pm IST

A new Prime Minister in India or Pakistan usually means new opportunities for dialogue and engagement. Congratulatory messages are exchanged, and in the days when India and Pakistan engaged in dialogue, restating your commitment to a dialogue process usually followed.

India-Pakistan relations have always been topsy-turvy but the August 2019 decision by the Modi Government to denude Jammu and Kashmir’s special status drew a furious response from Pakistan. Even bilateral trade was suspended. Hardly any visitors come and go. Barring the back channel, the relationship is at a standstill.

Given that the new Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif heads a coalition government and Pakistan faces elections next year, we are unlikely to see a government in full flow. The Pakistan economy is a major concern and former Prime Minister Imran Khan is in full agitation mode.

What could happen in India-Pakistan relations now? We discuss in this episode.

Guest: Sharat Sabharwal is a former Indian High Commissioner and Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan

Host: Amit Baruah, Senior Associate Editor, The Hindu, who has worked as the newspaper’s Pakistan correspondent

Edited by Ranjani Srinivasan

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