Punjab terror attack: Will Narendra Modi change his Pakistan policy?

Punjab terror attack: Will Narendra Modi change his Pakistan policy?

Ever since Narendra Modi assumed office as the Prime Minister of India, his foreign policy initiatives towards Pakistan have had a roller coast ride. From the glittering swearing-in ceremony in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan a year ago where Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif was invited in a first move towards peace, to the terror attack in Gurdaspur district of Punjab, much has transpired.

Here is a look at events that Modi is likely to take into account as he decides his future course of action with Pakistan:


July 27: Terror attack in Dinanagar police station in Gurdaspur district of Punjab. Pakistan hand suspected.

July 10: Modi meets Sharif on sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Ufa.

June 10/23: India approaches a UN sanctions committee seeking condemnation of Pakistan for allowing Lakhvi to obtain bail. China blocks Indian proposal citing lack of evidence.

June 8: Speaking in Bangladesh, Modi calls Pakistan a "nuisance".

May 30: Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj reminds of 3 conditions that Indian and Pakistani PMs had agreed in May 2014 for talks.

April 10: Pakistani court releases 26/11 attack accused Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi on bail, India protests.

March 3: Modi sends foreign secretary S. Jaishankar to Islamabad as part of a SAARC yatra.


Nov 27: Modi meets Sharif in Kathmandu on the SAARC summit's sidelines but not before cold shouldering him.

October: Pakistan repeatedly indulges in unprovoked firing across the border. India retaliates with intensity.

Aug 18: India calls off the August 25 foreign secretary talks after Pakistani high commissioner Abdul Basit meets Kashmiri separatists despite India requesting against the same.

May 26: Modi invites Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other SAARC leaders to his swearing-in ceremony. Calls his one on one meeting with Sharif a "new beginning"; two leaders agree resume foreign secretary level talks.

May 08: Modi question whether it is “possible to have talks amid bomb blasts and gun shots?" in a highly publicised television interview.


August/Sept: Modi takes up the issue of Pakistan during his campaign trail. Hits out at LoC violations and cross border firing. Doubts any real progress would be made as PM Manmohan Singh meets Nawaz Sharif.