There has been no firing by Pakistani troops at Indian positions across the LoC after New Delhi “strongly” took up recent instances of ceasefire violations with Islamabad, official sources said on Thursday.
A day before Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrives in the capital, the sources also claimed there had been an increase in infiltration from Pakistan. However, New Delhi feels the third meeting of the Anti-Terror Mechanism (ATM) in Islamabad on June 24 was a “non-polemical one” in which both sides exchanged information. According to the sources, India believed the ATM was worth persisting with even though there had been no tangible follow-up to three earlier meetings.
Interestingly, both sides expect no dramatic breakthroughs during Qureshi’s visit, given that External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee was in Pakistan a little over a month ago.
This pace of contact will continue with new Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani having occasion to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the Saarc summit in Colombo in August.