Indo-Pak relations: We see difficult terrain ahead, says Nirupama Rao
Indian Ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao said the process of normalisation of ties with Pakistan is 'not going to be easy'.
Washington: India has made "sincere efforts" to reduce trust deficit with Pakistan with which it has a history of complicated relationship, Indian Ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao has said, as she expressed concern over "difficult terrain" ahead.
"We are engaged in a very conscious effort, a sincere and honest effort to try and see how we can reduce the trust deficit in our relationship with Pakistan in order to see how we can move towards coherent process normalisation.
This is not going to be easy," Rao said. "There is a lot of difficult terrain ahead. We recognise that. We are realist about it," she said in response to a question.
With Pakistan, its immediate neighbour, India has had a difficult, complicated and very fractious relationship for over six decades now, she said.
But she argued there is need for trade and business ties to grow and the travel between the two countries to be facilitated in a smoother way.
"In the region of Jammu and Kashmir we have consciously worked on putting in place confidence building measures that enable trade across the line of control, better transportation facilities so that people can connect more easily," Rao said.
"But fundamentally, I think we have sought to stress and emphasise Pakistan that there is need for them to act on the issue of terror. It threatens to destroy the fabric of life in themselves today. I think they realise that very well."
The ambassador said the threat of terrorism is compounded given the possibility of intersection between terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
"We have been affected by clandestine nuclear proliferation in our neighborhood," she said.
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Singh noted that he and Sharif had agreed that the Directors General of Military Operations of the two sides will meet and work out arrangements for ensuring peace on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir.
A parliamentary panel in Pakistan has asked the government to avoid "encouraging" support to militant groups in Kashmir and take action against outfits involved in attacks in the region.
Pakistan is expected to ask India to revive the stalled peace process in the ice-breaking meeting between the foreign secretaries of the two countries in New Delhi.