Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meets Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif in New York, US. (ANI Photo)
India and Pakistan have tasked the Directors General of Military Operations (DGMO) of both countries to investigate the recent ceasefire violations on the Line of Control and put in place measures to prevent such incidents. There is no timeline set for the mechanism.
The first meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, that took place against the backdrop of recurring violations of a ceasefire that has been in force since 2003, arrived at "some understanding on how to move forward," but NSA Shivshankar Menon was guarded while responding to a question whether this constituted a "new beginning" in bilateral relations.
The Pakistani PM mentioned many other issues - including Siachen, Sir Creek and Baluchistan - but all these would be taken up only subsequently.
Sharif drove to the New York Palace Hotel where Singh is staying. Apart from the PMs, both sides had five members each in the delegation. This is the same hotel that Sharif and AB Vajpayee met in 1999, kicking off the Lahore peace process - which now Sharif thinks led to his ouster from power by the army.
Given the domestic turmoil that both PMs face - Singh is at the end of his tenure and Sharif is trying to consolidate after the May election victory - this time both sides were guarded in their expectations.
Asked how can this meeting be compared with the earlier high level meets between India and Pakistan, the NSA said: "Each occasion is different, except the common fact that the idea each time has been to get out of the unsatisfactory situation of our bilateral relations."
The alleged funding of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) by Pakistan's Punjab government too figured "in the course of the conversation," but there is "no dos and don'ts list that India wants to give to Pakistan."
Sharif did mention Baluchistan during the meeting, but Singh reiterated India's stance that "there is no question of India interfering," there.
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