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Naya Pakistan: Can a New Pakistan Renew its Old Relations With India?

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Publication date17/08/2018
PublisherNorthern Review
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Despite using anti-Indian rhetoric and facing a hate-campaign from the Indian media, Khan vowed to start a new era of friendship with India, a country with which Pakistan shares a history of mutual hostility since the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. During the election campaign, the Indian media depicted Khan as an anti-Indian, religious fanatic.In his first victory speech, Khan stated he felt heart-broken forbeing portrayed negatively by the Indian press: ‘I was saddened [by] how Indian media portrayed me as a villain, Naya Pakistan will take two steps towards India if India takes one step towards it.’ Yet politicians still exploit the hostility between Indians and Pakistanis. It remains to be seen whether Khan’s ‘Naya Pakistan’ will escape old rivalries and establish new relations with India.