"Ever since the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government has come to power - and even before, that is during its election campaign - moving closer to India has been a goal close to now-premier Nawaz Sharif's heart,” The Nation said in its editorial.

The editorial said the inertia over India-Pakistan normalization would be difficult to break as ‘unexpected occurrences happen with disappointing regularity’.

"It doesn't help that it’s election season in India and an anti-Pakistan rhetoric can help shore up votes," the daily said.

Describing India as a huge market, the daily said: “India's booming economy, it would seem, is the one lifeline he (Sharif) saw and with increasing confidence still sees as the way to give Pakistan’s economy a bit of momentum.”

"Whether this is another mirage, or a realizable dream, the world and the people of Pakistan and India will have to wait to find out," it added.

(Agencies)

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