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India pitches for keeping peace process on track

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 18, 2013
First Published: 21:40 IST(18/1/2013) | Last Updated: 01:09 IST(19/1/2013)

Even as formal invite from Pakistan for talks between two foreign ministers is awaited, India on Friday pitched for keeping peace process on track.

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“The peace process has been something in which a lot of time has been invested and we won't let recent incidents affect it,” external affairs minister Salman Khurshid said in Jaipur.

“There is a positive tone in some of the statements from Pakistan,” he said.

Though Pakistan conceding much ground on the Indian demands for action against those behind the two brutal killings is unlikely, there could be positive gestures on non-military front.

On Pakistan foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar suggesting foreign minister level talks to sort out Line of Control (LoC) tension, Khurshid said, “We are trying to work on it and the Prime Minister has been trying to ensure things remain in control and our concerns are addressed and situation doesn't deteriorate. All these things have to be kept in mind.”

Meanwhile, India still awaits a formal invitation from Pakistan for the foreign minister level talks as indicated by Khar.

However, the LoC remaining incident free is the immediate requisite for the peace-process to remain on track.

And ceasefire pact of 2003 remains perhaps the most important confidence building measure (CBM) between the two sides.

The defence ministry also wants to be sure that the calm across the LoC is not just a temporary relief.

Unlike Pakistan, India has put on hold the roll-out of the new visa regime.


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