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India, Pakistan look to build trust

07-16-2010 19:04 BJT

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Pakistan and India have taken the first official step towards improving their strained relationship.

Foreign ministers from both countries have met in Islamabad, one and a half years after the Mumbai terror attacks that killed 166 people. But analysts in India are cautioning that concrete results may not be achieved.

This is the Wagah border. This is the official border of India and Pakistan.

Every evening, there is a retreat ceremony. And that’s the time when soldiers from both the countries try and put up their best show.

And the hostility and sense of competition is clearly visible.

Mumbai terror attack of November 2008 only made matters worse for the two countries.

India blames Pakistan based militants for the terror attacks.

Foreign policy experts in India say, resumption of dialogue between both the countries is essential.

Maj. Gen. Dipankar Banerjee, Secretary of Institude of Peace and Conflict Studies, said, "Whether its called Composite dialogue or not there is great requirement and urgency given the reality of Mumbai terror attack and the deep hurt it caused to the Indian public sentiment and involvement of official machinery in that attack could not allow Indian government to engage with process after that..."

India has insisted that relations with Pakistan can not improve till it takes concrete action against perpetrators of the Mumbai terror . And that’s where the talks have stalled.

The talks between both the countries include range of issues like terrorism, violence in Indian Kashmir, Afganistan and Mumbai terror attack.

Uday Bhaskar, Strategic Affairs Expert, said, "Expectations should be modest. It is symbolically very important that India and Pakistan are resuming dialogue on the level of foreign ministers. But India’s focus on Mumbai terror attacks of November 2008 and Pakistan establishments should desist from supporting terrorism particularty Lashkar e taiba. I don’t think talks would be satisfactory for Indian side."

Not only analysts, even both establishments have played down the talks.

Years of trust deficit to be bridged in a single meeting is too much to ask for. But the India Pakistan talks could be a start to atleast a formal doalogue process between both the countries.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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