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Neighbourhood watch: Why Pakistan is obsessed with Kashmir

What makes Pakistan 'Ivy League of terrorism' and how a nexus of abject poverty and religious fundamentalism pushes scores of youngsters into militancy? Ahsan Butt attempts a cost-benefit analysis of

Ahsan Butt 

In my experience, proffering the idea that Pakistan should abandon its quest for Kashmir is generally rewarded with condescension. Tell self-styled foreign policy experts of this hair-brained scheme, and you are met with the rhetorical equivalent of a patronising pat on the shoulder; one is not considered anti-national so much as naive, not unpatriotic but unserious.

In the real world of power politics, these strategic gurus tell us woolly-headed fools, states do not abandon their national interests, they fight for them — by hook or crook. Pakistan is no different. In this view, ...

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First Published: Sun, September 25 2016. 22:10 IST
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