2021 Ceasefire Understanding: A Tactical Pause?

In a surprising and rare joint statement, Indian and Pakistani militaries, on February 25, 2021 announced “strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control (LoC) and all other sectors”. This announcement made after talks between Director Generals of Military Operations over the established hotline sparked public speculations about a likely thaw in relations between the two South Asian neighbours. This development is significant because bilateral relations had been very acrimonious since New Delhi abrogated limited autonomy of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir in August, 2019. Pakistan had then responded by downgrading the diplomatic relations and had sought reversal of Indian measures as the primary pre-condition for re-engagement.

In this context, this essay seeks to explore whether this agreement was a tactical pause or a strategic engagement? What has Pakistan and India indicated through this re-engagement, and particularly, Read More….

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