But Pakistan is unwilling to relent. Hours before the talks were to begin, Pakistan said the terms India said were non-negotiable – no involving the Hurriyat in the talks and to accept by midnight on Saturday that Kashmir would be off the agenda – were not acceptable.
Speaking to reporters before his departure, he said, “Today we are going to ask the people of India whether former Indian Prime Minister A B Vajpayee, their leader L K Advani or Manmohan Singh were wrong”.
Pakistan may have finally agreed to honour the bilateral understanding for NSA-level talks, but that has not calmed the apprehension in New Delhi about the intent of the estranged neigbour, especially that it may use the occasion for grandstanding for the domestic audience.
When countries with relations marred by hostility and distrust agree to talk, they must make an effort to create a conducive atmosphere beforehand, as otherwise talks will not only fail but the mistrust will deepen.
The advisor said that he would raise the issue of Indian interference in Pakistan with his Indian counterpart. He insisted that the government’s decision not to participate in the CPU meeting is correct. The Vice-Patron is normally the Head of State or Government of the...
The APHC in a statement issued after a meeting chaired by its Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in Srinagar said that India and Pakistan needed to show political farsightedness to deal with the tense situation.