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Peace obsession

New Delhi's initiation of the first high level contact with Islamabad after 11/7 lays bare India's restlessness to get back to the table.

india Updated: Aug 03, 2006 13:17 IST

To say that India lacks passion for peace amounts to gross misjudgement on the neighbour's part.

The informal talks between Indo-Pak foreign secretaries on the sidelines of the SAARC conference is proof enough that India is sincere towards achieving peace with Pakistan.

New Delhi's initiation of the first high level contact with Pakistan after the July 11 Mumbai blasts lays bare India's restlessness to get back to the table.

Interestingly, Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri's "leaving the ball in India's court" on dialogue resumption, conveys much about the Pakistan's so-called peace obsession. Kasuri's argument: "We did not postpone the Foreign Secretary-level talks. It was postponed by India under certain circumstances. Now the ball is in India's court."

The finger-pointing remains very much a part of Indo-Pak dialogue process. But both sides probably know that post all the bickering, blame games, proposals and counter-proposals, the only wise option available to them is resuming the dialogue process.

"Pakistan and India need to go forward from here and put the composite dialogue back on track.

The "positive" meeting in Dhaka should be used to restrart the stalled process of normalisation because both countries and their citizens have much to gain from a permanent and lasting peace," says leading Pakistan daily The News International.

And it is interesting to note that while the Pakistan media urges for talks every now and then, it remains very much a part of the blame game loop.

After India's statement that Pakistan should do more to tackle cross-border terror, the media has shot back saying: "A show of reciprocity from the Indian side has been conspicuous by its absence".

"...Must not India do more to solve Kashmir problem? Must not India improve its human rights record in Kashmir, which has attracted censure from world rights bodies?" asks the Dawn.

The only demand that India has strongly put is that cross-border terror must stop and its position has been that attacks of such magnitude could not have taken place without support and planning from anti-India terrorist camps based mostly in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

"We are engaged in a peace process which is important to both countries and it is very important that in order to allow this process to move forward there must be a commitment to abandoning cross-border terrorism in whatever form it occurs," Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran had said.