Nawaz-Modi meet-up: India reluctant to revive composite dialogue

Sartaj Aziz will address media today to explain government’s stance

Kamran Yousaf July 13, 2015
Sartaj Aziz will address media today to explain govt’s stance. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Friday’s meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi may be seen as an icebreaker given the escalating tensions between the two neighbours – but the fate of the stalled composite dialogue process between the two archfoes is yet to be decided.

An official familiar with the Nawaz-Modi talks in the Russian city of Ufa told The Express Tribune that New Delhi was still reluctant to resume the peace process until other issues, such as the trial of Mumbai attack suspects, were brought to a close.

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The official, who didn’t wish to be named, said that Pakistan, on the other hand, was persuading India to resume dialogue on all issues, including the longstanding Kashmir dispute.

He disclosed that although the Ufa meeting took place at the request of India, Russia and China, the two dominant forces at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), encouraged the two leaders for the meet-up. “Both Russia and China did not want the SCO summit to be undermined by the ongoing tensions between Pakistan and India,” the official explained.

However, back in Pakistan, the government came under scathing criticism from certain opposition parties, which accused Prime Minister Nawaz of giving in to India’s demand. These parties were, in particular, expressing concerns over what they called the prime minister’s failure to raise the Kashmir dispute as well as India’s alleged interference in Pakistan’s internal matters.

A five-point joint statement issued after the Ufa talks laid emphasis on discussions related to terrorism, including the issue of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attacks.

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There was a reference to overall ties in the joint statement; “India and Pakistan have a collective responsibility to ensure peace and promote development.  To do so, they are prepared to discuss all outstanding issues.”

However, there was no mention of either Kashmir or the fate of the composite dialogue suspended following the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.

In an attempt to explain the government’s stance, Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz will address a news conference in Islamabad today (Monday).

Asked whether any decision was taken regarding the resumption of the composite dialogue during meeting between Nawaz and Modi, Aziz told The Express Tribune that he would talk about the issue during the press conference without going into further details.

Aziz is expected to respond to the criticism by the opposition parties and try to quash the impression that Premier Nawaz had failed to raise Kashmir and other key subjects in his meeting with Modi.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 13th, 2015. 


Nadia | 8 years ago | Reply We have not gone far away since Modi visited Bangladesh and number of provocative statements which come from Indian ministers. Indian anti approach towards Pakistan is evident in front of the whole world after National Security Advisor Doval indicated that India used terrorism against terrorists. In addition, that it is using proxy war against Pakistan by using the soil of Afghanistan. With such intentionally created heightened tensions, how can Modi be on welcoming notes with Pakistan? Despite of this fact that Nawaz government invites many times to come on table talks with India which latter continuously decline by giving one reason or the other.
Wise Owl | 8 years ago | Reply For Pakistanis conflicts, disputes,fighting,killing is way of life.It is naive to expect any peaceful coexistence with Pakistan. If Kashmir is resolved they will have another dispute.They will have dispute with Iran, Afghanistan and also internal disputes ,killings perpetually with India. So do not resolve anything with them only keep on having existing disputes prolonged eternally.Remember they are still living in Mohammed Ghauri,Babar era.
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