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Are peace overtures worth the effort?

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The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at [email protected] Twitter @Imran_Jan

Imran Khan, one could argue, has acted unprecedentedly by making peace overtures to India, which has come up with laughable excuses. Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, “Terror and talks cannot go together.” That is disingenuous to say the least. It is India that is involved in terrorist activities in Pakistan and aggression in Kashmir. Kulbhushan Jadhav is one such example. Secondly, Bowe Bergdahl was swapped for five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Taliban office has been set up in Doha for peace negotiations with the US. The US and the erstwhile USSR had swapped Rudolf Ivanovich Abel and Francis Gary Powers at the height of the Cold War. In all these instances and many not mentioned here, the hostilities were ongoing while these difficult exchanges were made. All that is needed is a will, which is absent in New Delhi.

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