The war of words between Pakistan and India has caused peace and better bilateral relations to suffer. Ending the suspense over the NSA-level talks scheduled in New Delhi, the Pakistani government gave the final word, claiming that “it cannot be held on the basis of the preconditions set by India”. This response came five hours after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asked Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Pakistan Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, to give an assurance by midnight that talks would be confined only to terror and that he won’t meet the Hurriyat leaders in New Delhi. With India regularly going back on its word, or asking for impractical promises, Pakistan is finally taking a stand. Enough is enough.

NSA talks which were scheduled to take place on August 23 and 24 flowed from a decision taken by the two Prime Ministers on July 10, in Ufa. However, Sartaj Aziz has declared these as being beneficial for only one side, where nothing substantial will come out of them. This was the second time that India has chosen to go back on a decision mutually agreed upon between the two Prime Ministers.

It may not seem so, but this is a good thing as it provides more clarity on the matter. It has made it clear that India is not ready to settle, and Pakistan will quit its “good cop” routine. Kashmir is never the topic of discussion for both countries and without a resolution of Kashmir there will be no peace. Talking about terrorism without Kashmir will get India and Pakistan nowhere. Sartaj Aziz has been criticized in the past for being too soft and Kashmiri leaders have openly voiced their disappointment, but it seems he was trying to make the best of a bad situation.

The Indian Foreign Minister has blamed Mian Nawaz Sharif for the cancellation of the talks, saying that it was he who had succumbed to pressure of Pakistan’s “hawks” and cancelled last year’s anti-terror talks. She also criticised Sartaj Aziz, who bravely waved three dossiers of evidence at a press conference, containing evidence of India’s subversive efforts against Pakistan.

While Pakistan has made the right move, India will make sure to repackage the situation as Pakistan refusing to talk, rather than India reneging on its promises. As the bigger country, as the more globally popular country, India will get away with it. It is clear that for the time being that no progress will be made, but Pakistan has to get the wheels of its PR machine turning to counter global negative opinion, and make sure for the fact are straight international media and international foreign policy.