The all important India- Pakistan relations which have been witnessing downslide for long time seem to be witnessing some optimism since past few days.
The recent visit of Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj to Pakistan to attend the Heart of Asia conference on Afghanistan issue also saw India –Pakistan breaking the ice and atleast beginning to talk.
Swaraj announced certain key things and stated that efforts by both nations to improve ties are on . The discussions will encompass a wide range of issues from counter-terrorism to economic cooperation, but the cricketing ties between the two nations is yet to get the green signal.
“India and Pakistan are ready for talks. How this dialogue can be taken forward – the schedule and modalities will be decided in due course,” Sushma Swaraj said after meeting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Foreign Affairs Adviser Mr Sartaj Aziz.
“The discussions will involve “peace and security, CBMs, Jammu & Kashmir, Siachen… Economic and Commercial Cooperation, Counter-Terrorism.. Humanitarian Issues, People to People exchanges and religious tourism,” said a joint statement.
“The Indian side was assured of the steps being taken to expedite the early conclusion of the Mumbai trial,” the joint statement read.
“The NSAs will continue to address all issues connected to terrorism,” the joint statement also said.
One hopes that this time around a comprehensive and broadbased dialogue on key issues between India and Pakistan would be kick started and peace process gets a new lease of life. Peace and talks are only means for civillised nations.