India, Feb. 21 -- In October 2017, Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa used the Chambers of Commerce platform in Karachi to convey to Islamabad's neighbours on either side that their destinies are inextricably linked. "We are making a deliberate and concerted effort to pacify the western border through a multitude of diplomatic, military and economic initiative. We have also expressed and demonstrated our genuine desire to have normal relations with India; however, it takes two to tango," he said.

The much-feted Bajwa doctrine on Islamabad's pacifist approach towards its neighbours exploded on three consecutive days this month, posing serious questions on the nature of the Pakistani state itself. On February 13, a car borne suicide bom...