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Mixed reaction to indo-pak summit of surprises

world Updated: Jul 18, 2009 01:44 IST
Kamal Siddiqi

Analysts and foreign policy observers in Pakistan have given mixed reactions to news that Pakistan and India have agreed to delink the composite dialogue between the two countries from Terrorism.

English language daily The News termed the Sharm El Sheikh meeting as a “summit of surprises.” Quoting a foreign ministry official, the paper said that the Pakistani side was happy with both the success and surprise the meeting between the Pakistani and Indian leaders produced.

Foreign policy analyst Professor Shamim Akhtar told HT that after the disappointment in Russia, expectations of any positive outcome of the meeting in Egypt between the two PMs were not very high. “It is surprise and the situation has been turned on its head for Pakistan,” he commented.

But Professor Akhtar added that the Indian change in stance came after American pressure.

This view was not shared by General Retired Talat Masood, who commented that the on-ground situation has not changed much. “The Indian expectations on Pakistani expectations on fighting militants and nabbing those involved in the Mumbai attacks are still there,” he said, adding “on our side too things have not changed. Those who matter have not changed their stance.”