Pakistan Army seeks better ties with India: Report

By: PTI | London | Published: May 6, 2018 3:22:13 pm

The report notes that both India and Pakistan have tried to forge relationships before as well. (Inter Services Public Relations via AP)

The Pakistani military leadership led by Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa is reaching out to India because it has realised that the way to peace and prosperity is through military cooperation with New Delhi, a Pakistani analyst has said in a British think-tank commentary.

The powerful army, which enjoys considerable influence over policy decisions in Pakistan, has ruled the country for much of its life since it gained independence 70 years ago.

“In a historic first last month, Pakistan’s Army Chief of Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa invited Sanjay Vishwasrao, the Indian military attache, and his team to the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad,” wrote Kamal Alam, a visiting fellow at the UK-based Royal Unites Services Institute (RUSI).

In a sign that strain ties between the two neighbours are warming up Gen Bajwa followed this two weeks later by saying that the Pakistan military wanted peace and dialogue with India, Alam said in his report released last week. The two countries will also take part in joint military drills in Russia in September, with Chinese participation.

“These initiatives come against a…

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