New Delhi: From cricket diplomacy to release of prisoners, the thaw in Indo-Pak relations is now seeking a solid ground to give impetus to the momentum of relations between the two countries, evolved from the bilateral talks for the last two months, which will make smooth pitch for Foreign Ministers level meet in July. (JPN/ Bureau)
Experts from Indian diplomacy are of the view that several outstanding issues will be discussed in the meeting of Foreign Ministries, which could change the political ambience between the two countries before the PM level talks. It is also expected that Pakistan may fulfill its promises made to tackle terrorism.
According to former Foreign Secretary Salman Haider, the 26/11 attack is a very important segment between the two countries. There are some positive signals from Pakistan in connection with probing the Mumbai terror attack, but India expects some concrete results.
The destiny makers of both the countries seem to willing for giving the push to talks during the Foreign Secretaries meet held at Thimpu in February 2011, which had come to a halt after the Mumbai mayhem.
The delegations of both the countries drafted the future course of action. Next month there is likely of Commerce Secretary level talk, including concession in bilateral trade. Secretaries of Water Resources from both the countries will also try to resolve the water sharing issue. The Surveyor General of India and Pakistan's Additional Secretary will hold talks on the Sir Creek issue.
Pre-match meet to boost relation
Before the second World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan in Mohali, the Prime Ministers of both the countries may meet unofficially. The bilateral dialogue may boost relation which was badly hit after the 26/11 terror attack.
No agenda has been fixed for the meet between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani which will take place at the Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh.
The two-day bilateral talks between the Home Ministries have already started from Monday. In the talk which has been termed as ‘positive’ included issues like fake note issue and narcotics that have crossed the border from the Indian side.
According to highly placed sources, Gilani would be accompanied by Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar, Foreign Minister Salman Bashir.
The Pakistan media revealed that before coming to India, Gilani in his Cabinet meeting assured his ministers for a positive outcome. Earlier, after meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari, he accepted the invitation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
New Delhi: From cricket diplomacy to release of prisoners, the thaw in Indo-Pak relations is now seeking a solid ground to give impetus to the momentum of relations between the two countries, evolved from the bilateral talks for the last two months, which will make smooth pitch for Foreign Ministers level meet in July.