Analysed rationally and without the hysteria that accompanies commentary from those who never can and never want to see any positive in the Narendra Modi government, Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Pakistan has done absolutely no harm. In fact, insofar as it matters, it has done some good. It has iterated yet again that India is a responsible power and the Pakistani establishment, other than being disunited, with individual segments engaged in a game of one-upmanship with each other, is tetchy and dominated by small-timer, short-termist motivations.
No serious country allows terrorists, religious criminals and radicals who clearly threaten world peace to run up and down the avenues of its capital while an international conference is on. An unembarrassed Pakistan did just this when it permitted Hafeez Saeed to parade his hate very close to the venue of the SAARC home/interior ministers’ meeting. Saeed is founder of the Jamaat-ul-Daawah and along with Masood Azhar of the Jaish-e-Mohammad, one of Pakistan’s two best-known start-ups, backed by state venture capital funding.