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Pakistan’s external affairs to be challenging in 2020; ties to remain tense with India: Think-tank

Pakistan‘s external affairs would remain challenging throughout 2020, having serious implications on economy and security, including tense relations with India, a Pakistani think-tank said on Sunday.

Tense relations with India would continue to consume much of Pakistan’s strategic and diplomatic bandwidth, Islamabad Policy Institute said in its report ‘Pakistan Outlook 2020: Politics, Economy & Security’. Also, the peace process in Afghanistan would in near future continue to be marred by uncertainty, Dawn news quoted the report as saying.

“Pakistan’s external environment will remain challenging throughout 2020 which will have serious implications for its economy, security and internal stability,” said the report.

The situation in Kashmir and plight of the Muslims in India will guide Pakistan’s engagement with Delhi. Chances of limited conflict between India and Pakistan would remain high, added.

Tensions between India and Pakistan have spiked since India abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in August last year. India’s decision evoked strong reactions from Pakistan, which downgraded diplomatic ties and expelled the Indian envoy.

India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was its internal matter. It also advised Pakistan to accept the reality and stop all anti-India propaganda.

The report by Islamabad Policy Institute was reviewed after analysing the current trends in the external environment, economy, political stability, and security and on the basis of that made short-term projections in these areas.

In the report, the Foreign policy aspect has been analysed by former foreign secretary Salman Bashir, while the military dimension has been dealt with by former defence secretary retired Lt Gen Asif Yasin Malik.

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