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Pakistan: Get over the obsession with India

Only those who live in their own mad ideological world now believe that India is still not reconciled to the existential fact that is Pakistan,” said Munir Attaullah in The Daily Times.

Munir AttaullahThe Daily Times

Pakistan is letting the paranoia of the army dictate our policy toward India, said Munir Attaullah. Our civilian leaders are so weak and quarrelsome that they haven’t managed to articulate a vision of how relations with our biggest neighbor should proceed. The army, by contrast, has “a considered, clear-cut, and well-enunciated policy,” and so by default, that’s the policy we pursue. The problem is, it’s crazy, because it’s predicated on the assumption that India is salivating to invade us. “

Only those who live in their own mad ideological world now believe that India is still not reconciled to the existential fact that is Pakistan.” Yet our multibillion-dollar defense budget is geared toward maintaining a massive standing army for a potential land war with India—despite the fact that the army also insists that our nuclear capability makes our defense impregnable. “It may be an unpalatable truth for us to swallow, but the fact is we are now little more than a bloody nuisance as far as India is concerned.” Pakistan needs to take a deep breath and consider how much it would gain, “on all sorts of fronts, from peace.”

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