When it comes to foreign policy, the Manmohan Singh government’s choices are often baffling. As reported in Mint today, Pakistan’s foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar has equated the 26/11 Mumbai attacks with the breaking away of East Pakistan in 1971. Her counsel to India was simple: don’t be emotional about the 2008 attacks.

She said this a day before India’s minister for external affairs S.M. Krishna begins formal talks in Islamabad. The signing of a liberalized visa agreement is on the cards during his visit. That’s not all, the Reserve Bank of India on Friday cleared the decks for Indian firms to invest in Pakistan.

These are strange, almost schizophrenic developments. On the one hand, India continues to complain loudly about lack of progress in the investigation of the Mumbai attacks; on the other hand, it’s not averse to proceeding ahead with normalization of ties. The signal that goes out: with Pakistan, everything goes.

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