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Modi's Pakistan Policy

The past 19 months have shown that the Prime Minister has none.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprised everyone with his sudden stopover in Lahore to wish his Pakistan counterpart a happy birthday. In a style now typical of India’s 14th Prime Minister, the announcement of the Lahore stopover was made on the social networking site Twitter by the Prime Minister’s official handle from Kabul on the morning of 25 December 2015, just a few hours before he landed in Lahore.

It appears that even India’s foreign and home ministers were clueless about this visit before the announcement. But it is obvious that a fair amount of spadework had been done, building up to this “spontaneous” visit; it is also obvious that the Pakistan Army would have been part of the planning as well as India’s National Security Advisor (NSA).

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