@iamthedrifter Dr. sahiba, a good piece but with some inconsistencies.
A. “The interview given to @thewire_in can only scuttle talks, which is perhaps what was intended.” This presupposes that PK doesn’t stand to benefit from dialogue or at least some level of regional stabilisation...1/n
@iamthedrifter @thewire_in which is a questionable claim when you look at the last 10 years (and not just the last 12 months) including countless overtures from this side...2/n
@iamthedrifter @thewire_in B. “The Foreign Office, which up until now did not open its doors to him, would probably begin to take him more seriously.” Perhaps, but by and large the FO/NSD have been on the same page since 2019; what evidence is there to suggest anything but synergy, that too on K? 3/n
@iamthedrifter @thewire_in C. “The deep state, in any case, has wanted forever for the security narrative to become more centralised.” Why then outsource policy (be it formulation or articulation) to a group of practitioners with relatively few ties to the legacy of the deep state? 4/n
@iamthedrifter @thewire_in D. “Islamabad will use evidence of India’s ‘involvement’ in aiding terrorism in Pakistan to argue for Delhi’s exclusion from AFG talks.” Delhi’s exclusion from AFG talks is not the result of a PK ask, but a structural function of India’s equation with both Taliban and AFG. 5/n
@iamthedrifter @thewire_in E. “The SAPM, however, didn’t say which Kashmiri will sit on the table and who would make the selection.” Why should he? What makes deciding which Kashmiri sits at the table a Pakistani or Indian prerogative, when it's morally clear this should be a Kashmiri prerogative? 6/n
@iamthedrifter @thewire_in Finally F. “This framework also puts Pakistan in a bind because it is confronted with the situation in Gilgit-Baltistan.” It actually doesn’t. It was made amply clear that any changes on the Pakistani side will be provisional/ in line with UNSC Resolutions. Whither the bind? 7/7

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