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FM visit to give peace a chance but 26/11 to cast shadow: Media

world Updated: Jul 15, 2010 17:19 IST
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Acknowledging that Mumbai will continue to cast a shadow on Indo-Pak talks, Pakistani media on Thursday hoped that External Affairs Minister SM Krishna's visit to Islamabad will "give peace a chance" but doubted whether it will result in anything tangible for the two sides.

As the two Foreign Ministers met here with the aim to restore trust, leading daily 'Dawn' said they "are likely to announce some minor 'doable' steps for confidence-building...

"These steps... may include feel-good measures such as reconvening of the judicial committee on prisoners, strengthening cross-LoC CBMs and enhancing cultural and trade relations and people-to-people contacts," it said.

The paper, however, opined that Mumbai will continue to cast its long shadow over Pakistan-India ties.

The News, too, hailed Krishna's visit to Pakistan, saying that he had arrived with a "message of peace."

"The much awaited visit of the Indian Foreign Minister to Pakistan started on a positive note ...but there are questions on whether this goodwill will result in anything tangible for the two countries," a report in Express Tribune read.

The Nation and The Post ran edits on the Indo-Pak talks.

According to the Nation, India is not keen on settling disputes with Pakistan.

"...India is clearly not sincere about settling disputes with Pakistan, it is futile to set store by the Qureshi-Krishna talks being held at Islamabad today that they would lead to any meaningful outcome."

New Delhi is interested in virtually restarting the whole process of negotiations, but that too after its demands on the issue of terrorism have been satisfied, the edit read.

"These demands Islamabad would find hard to meet because of their illogical nature and India would have no compunction about insisting that they must be accepted, unless the ground reality that favours its adamant behaviour changes.

"India wants to ditch the peace process that had reached a point where meaningful discussion on the core issue of Kashmir was on the cards. We are now back to square one! This intransigent attitude of India has to be met with a firmer determination to secure the solution of all issues, the most urgent and vital being the Kashmir dispute, on the basis of justice and fair play," the edit said.