India, Feb. 14 -- As the terrorist attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Pulwama marks its first anniversary, the question arises of situating it and the counter-measures that followed in the wider context of relations with Pakistan over the past two decades.

While terrorism has been a central feature of the relationship, our responses to it have varied. The response to the Parliament attack in December 2001 was a major military mobilization. The Mumbai attacks of November 2008 resulted in a diplomatic push for international pressure on Pakistan. In between variants such as the Joint Anti Terror Mechanism were put in place.

The cross-Line of Control (LoC) surgical strikes following the Uri terror attach in September ...