Narendra Modi as India's prime minister? No, Pakistan isn't worried

Bangalore, April 6: Common belief says the emergence of Narendra Modi of the BJP, a Hindu nationalist force, as the prime minister of India could leave an adverse effect on the nation's relation with Pakistan.

But according to reports, leaders and analysts in Pakistan feel otherwise. One article published in Voice of America said the Pakistani political establishment isn't feeling apprehensive about Modi's rise to prominence, thanks to the example set by former BJP prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Vajpayee, it can be mentioned here, had undertaken a historic bus journey to Lahore in 1999 to promote peace with the western neighbour and it was also during his term that India and Pakistan had revived their cricketing tie, which was in jeopardy due to bilateral tensions.

Vajpayee's friendly overtures at Pak last time has made Islamabad confident

The Vajpayee government's efforts at normalising the relation with Pakistan, despite the Kargil conflict and the rise of a dictator in Perzez Musharaf, still marks a high point in the history of the bilateral relation of the two neighbours.

However, Sartaj Aziz, advisor on foreign policy and national security in Pakistan, felt Modi is more unpredictable compared to Vajpayee because of his anti-Muslim image and anti-Pakistan rhetorics expressed at times, the article said.

The peace process between India and Pakistan has been stalled for over a year after men in Pakistani uniforms attacked an Indian patrol party and beheaded soldiers.

There are other analysts who feel that politics in Pakistan has changed a lot all these years and Indian elections don't matter there much.

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