Churn in Pak, local pressure behind India’s tough stand

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For that reason, it was felt that suspending the implementation of the new visa agreement and hardening the stand on sporting ties, an issue close to the civilian government, was important to drive home the point that the civilian government too has to discuss the stakes involved with its own Army.

On the political plane, the government leadership was also mindful of the fact that it did not want to cede the hardliner's space to the BJP, at least not ahead of its Chintan Shivir in Jaipur this weekend.

In sum, the call was to pull back from the current levels of engagement without causing any damage to the overall process until a suitable response comes from Pakistan. The climbdown at the DGMOs conversation Wednesday could prompt a fresh assessment but only after some wait and watch.

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