Indian electronic media are creating a big hype over the Modi-Nawaz meeting. It is unfortunate that Modi is meeting Nawaz under US pressure and possibly nudged by China and Russia too (the SCO carrot), but it is even more unfortunate that the media is creating a huge buzz of an 'ice breaker' in the offing.
Pakistan has been building up an equal-equal scenario for quite a few years now in order to break/blunt the Indian accusations against it. The simple point that is lost on us is that *Pakistan will never change its approach* whatever happens. It will try to do more of the same, being deceitful, perfidious and nurturing the sole desire of destroying us.
As Ghani of Afghanistan launched an initiative of better relationship with Pakistan, we said the same thing that he would soon find out the Truth and that has already happened. As we are still weak economically, politically and militarily (and with fifth columnists working overtime within India itself), we are possibly unable to delay the meeting. But, I hope that we do not give even minor concessions and in fact we toughen our stand so that the dialogue breaks.
Pakistan's tactics are obvious. It knows that the US would never allow another war or even a conflict to break-out between the two nations and therefore it uses that to its advantage to terrorize us even more just as nuclear weapons gave it a similar space. It knows that both the US and China, the two most powerful nations today, would never allow it to fail whatever may be its transgressions. It is just like Pakistan starting a war against us with only 15 days worth of ammunition because it always expected the US to intervene before running out of stock. Realistically therefore, there is absolutely no chance of Pakistan mending its ways. OTOH, it will only talk tougher. With the situation in Afghanistan what it is, both the US and China need Pakistan's assistance. In any case, China cannot afford to lose Pakistan in its India-strangulation policy.
India should not bother about the failure of the talks and any mud being thrown at it for failure. We may be too sensitive to being accused. That is unfortunately a personal trait we carry into practice of statecraft many a time. We must welcome failure of the talks and make it plainly known to everyone that India's redlines have to be met before any meaningful dialogue. The pressure must be transferred to Pakistan's supporters. Just recall that in 2002 Musharraf assured to India and the world community that Pakistani land would not be used for terrorizing others and he soon went about implementing the plan, arresting terror leaders (and releasing them through backdoor or allowing them to enjoy all freedom of a house arrest), seizing their bank accounts (after forewarning them to liquidate their accounts), making sure that terror related laws were not applicable to POK and FATA and the like. This is how Pakistan would operate *ALWAYS*.