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Pak leaders, army shaped response

The fresh political concessions Pakistan has agreed upon in its talks with India come after deliberations between its civilian leadership and the military high command. Imtiaz Ahmad reports.

world Updated: Apr 01, 2011 00:27 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad

The fresh political concessions Pakistan has agreed upon in its talks with India come after deliberations between its civilian leadership and the military high command.

The government of President Asif Ali Zardari has been quite open in its attempts to improve relations with both India as well as with other neighbouring countries. Foreign officials say it was on his insistence PM Gilani made the trip to Mohali.

Home truths

Domestic compulsions will also play a role in deciding how these talks shape up, says analyst Shamimur Rehman.

A senior politician, asking not to be named, said the military has firmly taken control of Pakistan's foreign policy and the commitments made by the interior secretary in New Delhi come after the go-ahead from Pakistan's military chief, General Pervez Ashfaq Kayani.

On 26/11 probe

However, there are some who argue the chances of and Indian team coming to Pakistan and being given access to suspects who were arrested in connection with the Mumbai attacks “seems too good to be true.”

They say that in all probability, Pakistan's military leadership is buying time with India and the West while it struggles with its war on its Afghan border.