‘Indian hand behind terrorism’ in Pakistan

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As events unfold in the aftermath of Kulbhushan Yadev’s arrest, it seems that Pakistan-Iran relations are reaching a heightened state of sensitivity. Behind the Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar’s comments on the need to refrain from postulating Iranian culpability in Indian clandestine operations in Pakistan is a certain level of anxiety over incurring further Iranian disapproval. In light of this statement, certain claims that are afloat in the media over Indian-Iranian partnership need to be treated with extreme caution as they can exacerbate the situation. This is not to say that Pakistan should shy away from fighting its case if it has proof of the alleged nexus. However, if various factors of the diplomatic equation are taken into consideration, it would reveal that such claims are devoid of any real substance.