An intolerable threat from India and an unsustainable proposal from Pakistan is where bilateral relations currently stand. Both countries are making waves by initiating grandiose gestures of friendship on an international platform but the recent tension between both countries does little to change the contradiction at the heart of the relationship.

The Pakistan Army has recently released photos and videos of an Indian drone violating the Line of Control. The Indian troop’s presence is clearly visible and an Indian flag hoisted at one of the country’s check posts reinforces the fact. If there is such blatant evidence of violation of our country’s security, why is Nawaz Sharif still trying to tie a happy, pink, friendship band around Modi’s hand? Ignorance is bliss, and Nawaz Sharif is blissfully unaware that he is breaking foreign policy rules and norms - none of which include “love conquers all”. Indian appeasement will only get us into more trouble and make official talks more lopsided that they already are. If we give them an inch, they will take a mile (remember all the land we lost and all the odd boundaries were made after Partition?).

India has been hurling one accusation after another to malign Pakistan. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary, has said a series between Pakistan and India was unlikely until relations between the two countries normalised. His statement came after Indian forces fought an extended gun battle on Monday, with heavily-armed men who attacked a moving bus and stormed into a police station in a northern town bordering Pakistan, with 10 people killed in the violence.

The BJP is averse to raising the issue of Kashmir, whose presence or absence directly determines the very course of our relations with India. If the most pertinent issues that both countries are having with each other are brushed aside, only for a pleasing photo opportunity, we are only beating around the bush. Yet dialogue cannot be given up, it is a face-saving measure to keep the international community at ease. There are several communities in both countries, like the bureaucrats in their foreign ministries, the earnest Track-II regulars and the candle-lighters on the border, who would vociferously argue that the India-Pakistan dialogue should not be aborted for all the usual reasons. However, if both countries do not have an earnest outlook on how things can improve, there is no point.