India on Thursday rejected the suggestion that it expressed satisfaction over "the progress on Mumbai trial" in the joint statement issued after the meeting between external affairs minister S M Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar on Wednesday.
The clarification came in the wake of many media reports claiming that India did a 'goof-up' over the 26/11 issue in the Statement which read "The ministers reviewed the status of bilateral relations and expressed satisfaction on the holding of meetings on the issues of counter- terrorism (including progress on the Mumbai trial)..."
"We categorically reject inferences that there was any expression of satisfaction on 'the progress on Mumbai trial. The language of the Statement is very clear in this regard. The holding of the meetings on various issues is a step forward given that for over two years, our substantive dialogue had remained suspended and this has been acknowledged in the Statement," the spokesperson in the ministry of external affairs said.
It may be recalled that under the resumed dialogue "Counter Terrorism (including progress on Mumbai trial)" is the subject of the home secretary-level talks, as announced in the agreed outcome document after the foreign secretary-level talks held in February in Thimphu, he said.
The Nation reported that the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan, at the conclusion of their talks, hailed a new chapter in relations and agreed to work more closely in fighting terrorism in the region and easing cross-border commerce and travel.
The Dawn said the two foreign ministers "revived the pursuit of an 'uninterruptible' dialogue process on Wednesday though both sides were aware of a nagging hurdle — their wavering trust."
"India and Pakistan's foreign ministers insisted relations were back on track after peace talks that highlighted a 'new era' of cooperation over the ruptures of the past," the liberal Daily Times reported.
The News said that the two foreign ministers ushered in a new era of ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours yesterday and agreed to fight militancy and boost trade and travel, a step forward in reducing tension in the region.
The pro-military Pakistan Observer reported: "Pakistan and India have agreed to carry forward the dialogue process with a view to resolving peacefully all outstanding issues through constructive and result-oriented engagement, and to establish friendly, cooperative and good neighbourly relations."
After talks between their foreign ministers, India and Pakistan announced new Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), including increasing cross-LoC trading days and expanding travel to include tourism and religious aspects, apart from relaxing permit conditions for travel by people of Jammu and Kashmir to the other side of LoC by having a system of six-month multiple entry.