South Asia Monitor: Change in Pakistan; Continuity in India - November 1, 1999
November 1, 1999
Just as India's prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was being sworn into office in New Delhi after a solid re-election victory, Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff, General Pervez Musharraf, took power in Islamabad, ousting an increasingly unpopular and dysfunctional government. The change in Pakistan complicates India-Pakistan relations. Both governments will also be focusing on economic issues. In India, the accent will be on continuity, but the new government should be better placed to make policy in a medium-to long-term time horizon because it enjoys an enhanced majority. In Pakistan, the accent will be on crisis management and addressing problems that have gone untended for years. Both countries will be cultivating their relations with Washington.