Are attitudes to war changing in South Asia? Pakistani insistence on keeping intact its terror infrastructure does not suggest that. A large majority of Indians continue to believe that war with Pakistan should be an option in the face of continued intransigence by Islamabad. Public sentiment in Pakistan, too, is similar.
In faraway US, however, the top spy of that country, Admiral Dennis Blair, director of national intelligence, feels otherwise. At a recent hearing before a Senate committee, Blair said Indian and Pakistani policymakers feel that a war could get out of their hands and cause “tremendous devastation” in the subcontinent.
Is there any change in Pakistan’s behaviour that may suggest that it fears war? Evidence points in another direction. Its admission of guilt about 26/11 on Thursday was riddled with escape clauses, perhaps for a later retreat. It’s more likely that the mea culpa was the outcome of some factional fight in political establishment than any attempt at improving relations with India.