Monday, 19 August, 2019

India, Pakistan break ice, to resume talks


“During the meeting both the dignitaries discussed matters related to security challenges and reiterated the need of early resumption of reconciliation process to achieve lasting peace in Afghanistan, which is so critical for stability in the region”, the Pakistan military said in a statement issued after the meeting.

In a major breakthrough, arch-rivals Pakistan and India on Wednesday agreed to resume stalled peace talks aimed at resolving longstanding differences between the two nuclear-armed nations. The Composite Dialogue process which continued for many years was suspended by India after the Mumbai attacks in 2008.

Breaking the logjam in their ties, India and Pakistan today announced that they have made a decision to engage in a “comprehensive” dialogue that will include peace and security and Jammu and Kashmir.

In her address at the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia Istanbul Process on Afghanistan, Sushma pushed strongly for transit connectivity for India to Afghanistan through Pakistan and appealed that both India and Pakistan “display the maturity” to do business with each other and strengthen regional bonds. Their meeting is seen as a strong signal that both sides are attempting to revive the Taleban talks, brokered by Pakistan’s powerful army which has long wielded influence over the insurgent group.

Meanwhile, Aziz welcomed high-ranking delegations from 14 participating states, 17 supporting countries and 12 worldwide and regional organisations, who gathered in the Pakistani capital to take part in the two-day conference. Pakistan has been demanding to re-initiate the talks but New Delhi conditioned it with the Mumbai events. She is the highest-ranking Indian official to visit Pakistan since Mr Modi took office.

The two prime ministers again had an impromptu meeting on the sidelines of the Conference of Parties (CoP-21) climate summit in Paris on November 30.

Ms. Swaraj added that the decision had come as a result of the talks on terror by the National Security Advisors in Bangkok on Sunday.

This lobby is traditionally critical of any likely Pakistani intention to enhance trading ties with India or allow its traders overland access to Afghanistan. The entire world is rooting and waiting for a change.

Mrs Swaraj offered India’s cooperation with the Afghanistan and Pakistan on trade front.

A joint statement issued after the meeting said the two NSAs held discussions “in a candid, cordial and constructive atmosphere”. The civilian Government may commit something positively but it is under the grip of Military and its intelligence wing ISI that they operate such a way to frustrate the concillatary moves towards India.

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