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Can we play Modi’s full toss?

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Indian Premier Narendra Modi. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistan really needs to up its game.

An unprecedented situation has been unfolding in slow motion in our neighbourhood for the last month. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s August 5 action has triggered off unpredictable and perhaps unanticipated consequences leading to an unending curfew enforced through brutal military force. This is unsustainable. New Delhi appears unsure and vulnerable. And yet, what have we done to take advantage?

People in Islamabad and Rawalpindi should be rightfully alarmed at our response to what is clearly one of the gravest crises on our foreign policy front.

But for this alarm to ring, people in Islamabad and Rawalpindi may need to gulp down an honesty pill. Since grand posturing and outlandish optics have run their course, time now perhaps to cut through the hyperbole and gauge where we have gone wrong.

We should have, for instance, known the Article 370 attack was coming. There was nothing secret about it. It was mentioned in the BJP election manifesto. RSS extremists had been clamouring for it since ages. Not only should we have known it was coming, but we should also have been ready for it — ready with a plan, ready with a policy, ready with actionable options, and ready with a narrative.

Looking at our reactions since August 5 it is clear we did not have a plan, we did not have a policy, we did not have actionable options and we absolutely did not have a narrative that could gain traction in the world. Who should be held responsible for this embarrassing lack of preparation? Who should be held accountable for not doing his or her job?

A month later, we should have had a........

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