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Pakistan and India prepare to Talk

India and Pakistan are preparing for another round of talks. Indian Foreign Secretary is visiting Islamabad soon to resume the talks from the point his predecessor had disrupted arbitrarily.  Since then, Pakistan took a principled stand that as India has disrupted the process, the onus to restart is also on India. American pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi has worked. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif  is, by default, obsessed with the desire of  having good relations with India.

Talks are always good, even if they do not lead towards enduring peace, tensions are reduced. However, Pakistan-India dialogue has a poor track record, most of the times India walks away from the process whenever  any substantial ground is about to be covered. Though many useful agreements have been reached between the two countries bilaterally, frequency of failure has alarmingly increased since 9/11. To succeed, the upcoming round should be focused and structured engagement, covering all core issues, including Kashmir.  No dramatic breakthrough is envisaged, yet cautious optimism is in order.

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