Islamabad: Pakistani media on Monday termed the first meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif as a ‘minor miracle’ and noted that the dialogue held amidst a tense atmosphere yielded ‘words’ but ‘no action.’ Read more: Meeting with Manmohan Singh 'productive', says Sharif (Agencies)
The much anticipated meeting between the two Prime Ministers took place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Sunday.
A newspaper in its editorial said that the prelude to the meeting could not have been more disastrous, and that the meeting itself took place is a ‘minor miracle’ as both sides called it useful and constructive.
Another leading Pakistani newspaper said that the meeting with the ‘lowest expectations’ was perhaps a small victory for both the nations, while another daily said that the intent shown by both the neighbours to continue the process of dialogue and peace negotiations was encouraging.
A newspaper, in its editorial headlined "Words, no action,” praised Manmohan Singh for holding talks despite facing ‘pressure from domestically fronts.’
Another national daily said that Manmohan Singh has ‘devoted much of his speech’ at the United Nations General Assembly to the question of Pakistan and terrorism, calling "us an 'epicentre of terrorism' and refusing to negotiate over the status of Kashmir."
"The tense atmosphere quickly turned farcical when it was claimed that Nawaz Sharif had compared Manmohan Singh to a 'village woman' in an off-the-record meeting with journalists, although other attendees denied he said any such thing," it said.
The editorial also brought in BJP leader Narendra Modi's comments at a rally in New Delhi and said External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid ‘poured further fuel to the fire by blaming the Pakistan military and the ISI for not obeying PM Nawaz and for militancy in Kashmir.’
Given this backdrop, that the meeting itself took place is a minor miracle, as both sides called it useful and constructive, the editorial said.
By all accounts, the meeting was successful in its very limited aim of kick-starting diplomacy even though no outstanding issues were going to be solved in just one meeting, the editorial said.
It ended by saying, “Still, that Pakistan and India decided to continue with talks at a time when hawks on both sides are more vociferous than ever should still be seen as a net positive."
Islamabad: Pakistani media on Monday termed the first meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif as a ‘minor miracle’ and noted that the dialogue held amidst a tense atmosphere yielded ‘words’ but ‘no action.’
Read more: Meeting with Manmohan Singh 'productive', says Sharif