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Friday, June 24, 2011

INDO-PAK TALKS: Remove shadow of gun: India tells Pakistan!

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PTI / The Hindu.

Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir during the Foreign Secretary-level talks which concluded on Friday in Islamabad.
Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir during the Foreign Secretary-level talks which concluded on Friday in Islamabad - AP.

India on Friday made it clear to Pakistan that resolution of the Kashmir issue cannot take place under the “shadow of gun” as the two countries concluded 'satisfactory” talks which resulted in agreement on various confidence building measures (CBMs).

Two days of talks between Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her counterpart Salman Bashir ended here on a positive note paving the way for discussions between Foreign Ministers of the two countries in New Delhi next month.



India pressed for “satisfactory closure” of the trial in Pakistan of Mumbai terror attack accused, saying it would help in normalisation of ties. Pakistan wanted terrorism issue to be addressed in a “collaborative” manner.

At a joint press conference at the Pakistan Foreign Office, Ms. Rao and Mr. Bashir struck a positive tone describing their discussions as “very constructive and purposeful“.
Various nuclear and conventional CBMs were discussed during the talks and it was agreed to convene separate expert-level meetings on these subjects to strengthen the existing arrangements and consider additional measures later this year.


Both sides agreed to convene a meeting of the Working Group on Cross-LoC CBMs to recommend measures for strengthening and streamlining the existing trade and travel arrangements across the LoC and propose modalities for introducing additional Cross-LoC CBMs. The group will meet next month.
The Indian Foreign Secretary made a pointed reference to the need to do away with “shadow of the gun and extremist violence” while dealing with the “complex issue” of Jammu and Kashmir.


One more talks, one more joint statement;  will anything comes out of these futile talks?

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