"It will be necessary to proceed in state-to-state affairs on the principle of mutual interests and reciprocity." Rehman felt that how the new Modi government views its relations with Pakistan was important for the people of both countries.
He said Pakistani officials may be right, "up to a point, in believing that once in power Modi will learn to curb some of his extremist inclinations. "Second, it is commonly believed that a BJP government in India and an army-backed Punjabi prime minister in Pakistan are best equipped to resolve the festering feuds that have dragged both countries down." Summing up, Rehman said: "The whole world is watching, literally with bated breath and for obvious reasons, as to how India will fare under Modi's stewardship." (IANS)