Pak, India Talks to Mark New Beginning

By Hameed Shaheen for The Pakistan Observer

The outcome from the forthcoming July 26-27 talks between Foreign Ministers of Pakistan and India in New Delhi is expected to usher in a new beginning in the bilateral relations of both countries. The optimism is hyped by the recent statements of Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani describing India as “most important neighbour” and a recent TV interview of Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupuma Rao displaying growing realization of her country for the continuity of dialogue with Pakistan. Much before these scheduled talks Pakistan’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ms Hina Rabbani Khar is sure to be upgraded to full minister status.

Prior to the 2-day Delhi meetings of the Foreign Ministers on July 26-27, 2011, Foreign Secretaries of both countries will meet on July 25, 2011, in New Delhi to fine tune recommendations of two separate technical groups on trans-Kashmir trade and travel CBMS and nukes CBMs.

The additional trans-Kashmir travel and trade CBMs likely to be announced at the conclusion of the Foreign Ministers meeting on July 27, 2011, are opening of Skardu-Kargil passengers bus service, increasing the current run of Muzaffarabad-Srinagar bus service from weekly to bi-weekly duration and upping trading days from 2-day per week to 4-day a week besides making it bankable trade.

The expert level panel from both countries consisting of Ms Sehra H Akberi, DG South Asia of Pakistan and Y K Sinha JS from India is likely meet by middle of next week in Delhi.

Kashmiris strongly demand opening of Sialkot-Suchet Garh railway service for trading Sialkot industrial products to occupied Jammu and beyond. In pre-1947 era the major business market and education center of Jammu was Sialkot.

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  1. July 10th, 2011

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