11 11TH, 2011
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh have vowed to open a new chapter in bilateral relationship.
In an hour-long meeting, prior to the opening of the 17th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), the two prime ministers predicted more constructive and result-oriented talks in the near future.
However, the Indian side has made it clear to the Pakistani side that unless there is some action against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jamaatud Dawa, it wouldn’t be possible for the two nations to move forward together.
“The discussions between the two countries had yielded positive results, but more needed to be done,” Manmohan Singh said.
While Prime Minister Gilani added: “The next round of talks will be more positive, more constructive and will open a new chapter in the history of both countries.”
Despite the public willingness to open a ‘new chapter’ in ties, are the talks at the SAARC Summit once again mere lip service?
Will they, like previous efforts, fail in resuming a proper dialogue?
More importantly, is the crackdown on Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamaatud Dawa the only obstacle in Pak-India ties?
Source: The Dawn, Karachi