Post Osama bin Laden, the India-Pakistan plot is set to get thicker. And the likely fall-out of the killing of Laden will have bearings on at least three things that have direct impact on India-Pakistan ties, reckon officials as well as experts.
At the same time, New Delhi can say that Laden’s killing “deep inside” Pakistan in Abbottabad, adds credence to its stand that right noises notwithstanding, Pakistan is not sincere in the fight against terrorism. That said, New Delhi hopes that world will mount pressure on Pakistan to get rid of terror sanctuaries in its soil that have India at the receiving end more often than not.
How the events play out on three fronts—Pakistan-US relationship, internal dynamics in Pakistan, and the war on terror as well as the peace process in Afghanistan—will contribute to what’s in store for two nations.
“All these aspects should be factored in while looking ahead on India-Pakistan ties as well as the ongoing peace process,” opines Lalit Mansingh, former foreign secretary and former Indian ambassador to US.
Strong disapproving voices are being heard within the Pakistan, Musharraf has termed that the action against “violation” of Pakistan’s sovereignty. “Despite what Obama said, there is a strong feeling that the trigger of the operation was in the hands of the Americans. The feeling among the Pakistan people about constant meddling in their affairs by Americans can create problems for the Pakistan leadership.”