Pakistan never loses any opportunity to turn an adverse situation into an advantage. In an interview to the Financial Times, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said terror suspects could be extradited to India if relations were normalized.
This is a brazen attempt to invert the logic of the situation that emerged after the Mumbai terror attacks on 26 November. It is not the first such effort.
Relations between India and Pakistan deteriorated in the weeks after the attacks. Pakistan refused to admit the complicity of any of its citizens in the attacks.
Now, instead of making amends, Pakistan wants relations normalized before extraditing terror suspects. What Gilani forgot to explain was why relations should be normalized in the first place.
It is such tactics that have caused relations between the two countries to see-saw in the first place. Sound relations can only emerge if Pakistan addresses India’s core concerns. Unless that is done, no progress can be made.