The Modi government’s new template on its Pakistan policy is to ignore Pakistan and talk to Pakistan for the sake of the talks and not go an extra mile with any initiative aimed at holding substantive talks. This strategy will serve multiple purposes.
Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Wednesday said his country's government attaches immense importance to having better relations with India, and that both the countries, according to him, agree that Jammu and Kashmir is a bilateral dispute that needs to be resolved peacefully.
While the bone of contention is Kashmir, people in the state are unhappy over what is being called a knee-jerk reaction by the government to cancel talks. In the midst of clashes between Delhi and Islamabad it is the people who suffer.
Describing the cancellation of next week's Foreign Secretary-level talks as a "setback" to Indo-Pak ties, Pakistan today defended its consultations with Kashmiri separatists, saying it was a "long-standing practice" to hold such meetings prior to bilateral parleys.
In the letter Sharif speaks of how he would like to work in harmony with India to solve the unsettled issues between the two countries.
Modi, who received the present, expressed his gratitude to Sharif, and said he would hand it over to his mother soon.
While the Ministry of External Affairs termed the meet as 'substantive', Sharif himself held a press conference in New Delhi and called it a 'historic opportunity' for both countries.
Sharif, who attended Modi's swearing-in ceremony yesterday, described his meeting as "good and constructive" and said they have agreed that their Foreign Secretaries would be meeting soon to review and carry forward the bilateral agenda in the spirit of today's meeting.
Making a strong pitch for resumption of dialogue process, Pakistan High Commissioner Abul Basit said talks were the only way to resolve outstanding issues and no one nation does any "favour" by talking, indicating that stopping of talks by India was not good for bilateral ties.
if Modi does become PM, the above question assumes importance as Modi is a strong man and he can be expected to bring about massive changes in all important arenas, though foreign policy is a different ball game.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said there was no "recent evidence" to suggest that Pakistan wants to negotiate a permanent settlement to the Kashmir issue.
Emphasising on maintaining sanctity of the ceasefire, People's Democratic Party (PDP) today said that recently held meeting of DGMOs of India and Pakistan was an appreciable step to establish peace along the border.
India and Pakistan today agreed that people who inadvertently cross the frontier would be immediately returned to their respective countries.
With less than six months to the Lok Sabha elections, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has found support from where he would least expect it - Pakistan.
Officials described it as a courtesy call by Aziz on the Prime Minister.
An expert on South Asia has requested the Obama administration to push for Indo-Pak nuclear stability talks, and convince China to halt further civil nuclear sales to Islamabad until the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) develops consensus on the matter
India is unlikely to be granted the 'Most Favoured Nation' (MFN) status before 2014 Lok Sabha elections and resumption of composite dialogue between the two nations, Pakistan Finance Minister has said.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's top foreign policy aide Sartaj Aziz will meet External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on the margins of a SCO meeting in Bishkek on Friday to discuss bilateral relations.
After over three weeks of virtually non-stop exchanges of fire and mortar shelling between Indian and Pakistani troops, guns fell silent in the past 48 hours along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, a defence spokesperson said.
President Asif Ali Zardari will not leave the country after completing his five-year term on September 8 as he intends to focus on reorganising the Pakistan People's Party, his spokesman said today.