KARACHI: The relationship between Pakistan and India – being nuclear-armed states – has been turbulent, but critical to peace in the region.
While Pakistan's newly appointed Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, and Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir undertake a new round of talks in New Dehli, a chronological overview of past talks between India and Pakistan follows below:
May 21 2008: Pak-India talks take place in Islamabad that take up the issues of: Kashmir, Siachin, Sir Creek water dispute, Wullar barrage, terrorism and narcotics, strengthening trust, economic cooperation and friendly exchanges in trade.
September 25 2008: President Asif Ali Zardari and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Sindh meet during the 63rd UNGA session in New York. Singh congratulates President Zardari on his victory in the elections through democratic means and expresses the hope that this would pave the way for a profound transformation of the bilateral relationship so that India and Pakistan could work together on their shared objectives of peace, prosperity and security. Pakistani President Zardari and Indian Prime Minister Singh formally announce the opening of several trade routes between the two countries.
November 26 2008: After the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, relations between the two countries reach a crossroad yet again as India blames Pakistan for the attacks and threatens to wage war.
December 13 2008: India violates Pakistan’s air space which sets both the armies on a red alert.
June 16 2009: President Zardari meets Indian Prime Minister Mahmoham Singh in Russia and the 26/11 hostility seems to simmer down.
June 26 2009: Foreign ministers of both the countries meet in Italy in the G-8 summit and mutually agree that friendly talks should be initiated between the two countries.
July 16 2009: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani meet his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh in Egypt's city Sharm el-Sheikh on the sidelines of a summit on Non-Aligned Movement. They discuss the post-Mumbai attacks situation and speak about strengthening ties between the two countries.
April 29 2010: Pakistani Prime Minister Gilani and his Indian counterpart meet again in Bhutan's city Thimpu and agree upon the need of friendly exchanges and ties.
July 15 2010: Indian Foreign Minister SM Krishna visits Pakistan and meets former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad. The nation had high hopes from his visit, but it didn't bear any fruit.
June 23 2011: Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao visits Pakistan and a few points were discussed that included: trade deficit, war against terrorism, friendly exchanges, and peace.