South Asia Monitor: After The Hijacking - February 1, 2000
February 1, 2000
The eight-day hijacking of an Indian Airlines jet on Christmas Eve by militants concerned about Kashmir put the spotlight back on the deteriorating relations between India and Pakistan. The event and its aftermath left Indo-Pak ties at an almost 30 year low. The obstacles to serious dialogue are higher than they have been since the nuclear tests. Neither government wants to bring about a military confrontation, but the defensiveness and frustration on both sides increase the risk of an escalating spiral.