Indo-Pak Affairs

Pakistan-India foreign secretarial talks end inconclusively

ISLAMABAD: Recent Pakistan-India foreign secretarial talks regarding peace and security between two countries turned out to be inconclusive; as both sides refused to agree to each other’s viewpoint. Talking exclusively to Online, foreign office sources, however declared that talks were successful over such issues as CBMs (Confidence building measures), exchange of delegations, and core issue of Kashmir.

Sources informed that Pakistan’s foreign secretary Salman Bashir had briefed his Indian counterpart over Indian interference in Pakistani Balochistan, increasing Indian ‘influence’ in Afghanistan, besides raising the issue of minimizing the unnecessary numbers of ‘Indian consulates’ in Afghanistan.

Reacting to the issues raised by Pakistani foreign secretary, his Indian counterpart, Nirupa Rao retaliated by demanding the effective elimination of ‘terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan’, besides indiscriminate, impartial action against terrorists.

Sources have informed that Indian foreign secretary remained in constant touch with New Delhi, and following the directives of Indian PM, Manmohan Singh, cancelled separate press conferences scheduled at a local hotel at the eleventh hour; opting for a joint press conference with Salman Bashir, instead.

Sources informed that even Salman Bashir remained in constant touch with PM secretariat alike, while also informing that the joint declaration issued at conclusion of the meeting was drafted at the last very moments.

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Rubab Saleem

Rubab Saleem is Editor of Pakistan Times

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