The fractured and seemingly unsolvable diplomatic situation between India and Pakistan does not only exist because of the complexity of the problems between them, each government has an equally complex relationship with its people over the issue. The Pathankot attacks bogged down the dialogue, and the efforts to repair the damage seem to be faltering too. On Thursday Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar accused Pakistan on of “pretending to sleep” and not being serious about the probe into the Pathankot airbase terror attack - which both sides have built up as a barometer for future negotiations. Now the recent clashes at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Dehli has once more polarized opinion in India, and Kashmir - and by extension relations with Pakistan. Perhaps an open and meaningful dialogue is not possible in the near future, but there should be no lack of effort from Pakistan's part.

The Pakistan government, seemingly in response to the Indian Defense Minister’s comments, registered a First-Information Report (FIR) against the alleged attackers of the Pathankot airbase in India and their abettors through the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD). This is progress; the registration of an FIR means that the government has at least some evidence to base their suspicions on and that the police will be obligated to investigate further. Of course everything is not that simple, especially when it comes to investigations into terrorists attacks.

Much more important is the government's willingness to investigate. Each day numerous FIRs are registered across the country and a few ever make it to completion. Cases have gone years without any progress even after the registration of an FIR. Unless the investigative team is given power, access and the protection it needs to do it's job properly, the FIR will remain an eyewash.

At first glance the situation doesn't look promising. The FIR report reads like a news summary of the attack and nobody has been named - it remains "four unknown men". Meanwhile Jaish-e-Mohammed members still remain in protective custody. Either they are culpable, in which case they should be named, or they are innocent, in which case they should be released. This investigative limbo is not helping Pakistan shed the image of "pretending to sleep".