NEW DELHI - India and
Pakistan are to resume peace talks with New Delhi expected to press Islamabad to
rein in Kashmiri militants.
The peace process between the South Asian rivals has been on hold since train
bombings in Mumbai in July which India blamed on Pakistan, a charge Islamabad
Pakistan's foreign secretary said
he expected a constructive dialogue to boost ties which were badly affected by
the bombings which killed 186 people and wounded more than 800 in the Indian
Pakistan Foreign Secretary Riaz Mohammad upon his in New
Delhi. India and Pakistan are to resume peace talks with New Delhi
expected to press Islamabad to rein in Kashmiri militants. [AFP]
"I am looking forward to very constructive discussions with (the Indian)
foreign secretary," Riaz Mohammad Khan told reporters Monday on his arrival in
New Delhi suspended the talks scheduled for July, blaming the Mumbai attacks
on Pakistan's military spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), but
Islamabad rejected the claim.
The two sides agreed to set up an anti-terror mechanism when Indian Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf met in
September in Cuba.
"They will surely discuss the mechanism. India is likely to provide part of
the evidence of Pakistan's involvement in bombings," said Sukh Deo Muni, former
professor of South Asian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said last week that India would ask
Pakistan to honour its previous commitments to halt militant attacks on Indian
"Terrorism is an important issue because earlier talks were suspended because
of the public outrage after Mumbai blasts," Mukherjee said.
"I would like them to stick to assurances (to check militants) which they
Analysts warned against expecting a breakthrough but said that the South
Asian neighbours, which both have nuclear capabilities, must not desert the
peace process launched in 2004.
"Not all talks will lead to any major outcome. The greater success lies in
the fact that these talks should have a regularity that is predictable," said C.
Uday Bhaskar of the government-funded Institute for Defence Studies and
"The main question is not whether the joint terror mechanism will deliver. It
is about India's ability to construct a framework of risks and rewards to
Pakistan on cross-border terrorism," strategic affairs editor C. Raja Mohan
wrote in the Indian Express newspaper.
The officials were also expected to discuss the proposed demilitarisation of
the Siachen glacier -- the world's highest battlefield in the disputed Kashmir
region, and the demarcation of a contested marsh on India's western border.
The two nations' peace process has made little headway on the central issue
of the Kashmir region, which is divided between the two but claimed in full by
Kashmir has been the trigger of two of the three wars India and Pakistan have
fought since their independence from Britain in 1947.