December 31, 2012

India-Pakistan: Parity by Any Other Name

Aparna Pande, RealClearWorld

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Pakistan's desire for parity with India is not new and dates back to its Independence in 1947. Pakistan's founding elites and later leaders drew a parallel between Hindus and Muslims being India's two leading communities, put Pakistan's old Muslim League on par with the Indian National Congress and later argued that Pakistan and India were, in fact, equal. However, while Pakistan has sovereign equality vis-à-vis India (and other countries in the world), there is a difference between sovereign equality and parity.

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