Indian foreign secretary due in Pakistan to discuss Kashmir

Published: June 14, 2011
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This February 2010 file photo shows Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao shaking hands with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir at the first Indo-Pak talks following the Mumbai attacks that abruptly stalled the composite dialogue. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

This February 2010 file photo shows Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao shaking hands with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir at the first Indo-Pak talks following the Mumbai attacks that abruptly stalled the composite dialogue. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: India’s Foreign Secretary is due to visit Pakistan this month to discuss the Kashmir issue, a Pakistani official said on Tuesday, the first formal talks between the two countries on their core dispute since the Mumbai attacks in 2008 froze their peace process.

“She (Nirupama Rao) is expected here later this month to discuss peace and security, Jammu and Kashmir as well friendly exchanges,” the Pakistani foreign ministry official told Reuters.

Pakistan and India had earlier met in the 12th round of talks over the Siachen Glacier. The talks ended without a hint of agreement on the modalities of a proposed demilitarisation and other key issues related to their tense standoff.

Both countries had decided to meet again at a mutually convenient date in Islamabad. New Delhi insists that Islamabad must authenticate present troop position of the two sides.

While Pakistan insists on maintaining the pre-1972 troop positions, as agreed in the Simla Agreement, India wants its neighbour to authenticate the Actual Ground Position Line both on the maps as well as on the ground.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • delaAnnerly
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:41PM

    This is my first postRecommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 14, 2011 - 10:50PM

    Salman Bashir ! has a habit of making crazy statements as the world observed just after OBL take out ! Not really smart on the world stage either, where as Ms Rao, is a very Seasoned Diplomat with an portfolio, to discuss the Issues that concern India!!!
    let’s observe where this meetings lead us !!
    My Guess is nowhere, an pure waste of time!!Recommend

  • Huram
    Jun 15, 2011 - 12:15AM

    How on earth can this guy from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan shake hands with this woman .. sacrilege Recommend

  • G. Din
    Jun 15, 2011 - 12:40AM

    @Huram:
    And what were Bhutto’s plaintive appeals to Indira Gandhi to let 100,000 POW’s go! You didn’t quote Quran then!Recommend

  • habib
    Jun 15, 2011 - 12:47AM

    huram
    i think my friend is 18th centuri.where is going todays world.he has talking like fundamentalis maulana( full person ) he dosent have any sense wht he has talking.i think this guy not done primarry educationRecommend

  • habib
    Jun 15, 2011 - 12:49AM

    quran is higly respected, you dont talk about kuran. and indira gandhi passes away 25 year agoRecommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Jun 15, 2011 - 1:50AM

    Both seem to be happy while holding each others hands in a very tight position. We need smiles on all faces here and across the border as well.Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Jun 15, 2011 - 1:57AM

    Back to square one – what is there to discuss ? Recommend

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