India hopes for stronger peace constituency in Pak
India is keenly watching the evolving political situation in Pakistan as it readies to vote Saturday in pivotal national and provincial elections whose outcome has serious implications for its national security, economy, national integration and regional peace.
India is supportive of the democratic exercise as its western neighbour struggles to become what many say a "normal" state with an elected government transferring power to another after remaining five years in office for the first time in its 66 years of existence.
India has a huge stake in what comes out of the polls. India's economy is eight times larger than Pakistan and it is estimated to be 16 times bigger by 2030. For its growth, India needs a peaceful external environment, a stable neighbour.
Strategic analysts and foreign policy wonks point to the three ongoing conflicts within Pakistan's own borders - a separatist movement in the copper and gold-rich province bordering Afghanistan and Iran, a Taliban-led insurgency in its tribal areas and targeted killings of political workers of secular parties in the largest city Karachi. A conflict-ridden, nuclear-armed state, riven by jihadist and sectarian violence, would make a very dangerous neighbourhood, they say.
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