We are back to crass, self-interested politics in South Asia. What a relief. After a week on the brink of war between two nuclear-armed nations, political backbiting seems almost entertaining.
But the world cannot afford to go back to business-as-usual, ignoring the Kashmir issue that sparked this confrontation and three previous conflicts. The fact the two sides are back to artillery exchanges which have already caused more military and civilian casualties in the troubled enclave is ample evidence of that.
In both countries, the brief façade of unity in the face of the enemy splintered almost as soon as Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced he would release an Indian pilot captured when his jet was shot down on Wednesday.