India-Pakistan dialogue takes a positive turn

Written by Muzamil Jaleel | Islamabad | Updated: Jul 16 2010, 04:50am hrs
Talks between external affairs minister SM Krishna and his Pakistan counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi were extended to another session with both sides indicating that there were some positive developments.

The two ministers met at the Pakistan Foreign Office for nearly three hours, which included a working lunch after which they were scheduled to hold a joint press conference.

The talks were focused on a host of bilateral issues with India flagging its concerns over terror emanating from Pakistani soil and pressing for action against those involved in the Mumbai terror attacksespecially in the wake of revelations by Pakistani-American Lashkar-e-Toiba operative David Headley.

Krishna called on President Asif Ali Zardari and discussed the issue of terrorism.

Zardari said that destinies of the people of both Pakistan and India and development of the entire region lie in friendly, cooperative and good neighbourly relations between the two countries. A statement from the Presidency said Zardari stressed for timely information and intelligence sharing between the two counties to prevent any incident of terrorism and violence and that terror incidents dont affect our ties in the future.

Krishna is accompanied by foreign secretary Nirupama Rao and Indian high commissioner in Pakistan Sharat Sabharwal.

From the Pakistani side those who attended the meeting included Qureshi, interior minister Rahman Malik and foreign secretary Salman Bashir.

Appreciating the re-engagement between India and Pakistan, Zardari said both the nations had the responsibility to have a sustained dialogue and steer our nations from conflictual path to a cooperative course for the uplift and welfare of the region.

The President said that the resumption of composite dialogue will help remove mistrust and restore confidence in relations between the two countries, the statement said.