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Indo-Pak talks and the troubled relationship between Modi and Sharif

Here’s a brief history of the troubled relationship between PM Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif since Modi took charge of the Prime Minister’s office:

india Updated: Apr 08, 2016 16:12 IST
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Despite many meetings between India and Pakistan to ensure that talks over prolonged issues go smoothly, a breakthrough remains elusive.

Though India appeared to extend an olive branch by allowing a Pakistan joint investigative team probe the Pathankot attack on Indian soil, trouble is brewing yet again.

At an event in New Delhi on Thursday, Pakistani’s envoy to India, Abdul Basit said, “I would say the dialogue is suspended.”

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office, diplomatic talks with Pakistan at various levels have fallen through several times.

A brief history of the troubled relationship between Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif:

May 2014

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif attends Narendra Modi’s swearing-in as the Prime Minister of India. Sharif says the two nations had an opportunity to turn a page in their history of troubled relations.

However, around 800 incidents of ceasefire violations at the border were reported in the first year of Modi government.

July 2015

Modi and Sharif next meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit 2015 in Ufa, Russia. (PIB photo)

The two PMs meet at a summit in Russia, marking an uptick in high-level bilateral contacts following a prolonged freeze in ties. They agree to national security adviser-level talks.

August 2015

The peace talks between the national security adviser to India Ajit Doval and the then Pakistan NSA Sartaj Aziz collapsed hours before the scheduled start. (File photos)

Peace talks between India and Pakistan collapse hours before they are scheduled to start. Pakistan pulls out after India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj says the talks will not take place if Pakistan NSA Sartaj Aziz does not drop plans to meet separatist Hurriyat leaders.

November 2015

“Climate change” between India and Pakistan in Paris. (PTI photo)

Modi and Sharif briefly meet on the sidelines of the COP21 summit on climate change in Paris. Not much of what was talked about during this “courtesy meeting” was known as there were no delegates from either country around.

December 2015

NSA to India Ajit Doval with his Pakistani counterpart Nasser Khan meet in Bangkok, Thailand. (PTI file photo)

o A secret meeting between the NSAs of the two countries in Bangkok helps put bilateral engagements back on track.

Pakistan's NSA Sartaj Aziz with the Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj at the foreign ministry in Islamabad on December 9, 2015. (AFP file photo)

o Swaraj visits Islamabad to attend a summit and holds talks with her counterpart Aziz.

Narendra Modi was warmly received by the Pak PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore. (PIB handout photo)

o Modi springs a surprise by flying to Lahore to meet Sharif on his way back from a brief visit to Afghanistan. On Twitter, Modi makes public his plans to meet Sharif on the Pak PM’s birthday.

January 2016

o Suspected Pakistani militants attack Indian Air Force base in Pathankot; seven Indian soldiers are killed. The attack leads to stalling of the resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan.

o Sharif orders the formation of a high -profile joint investigation team to probe the “specific and actionable” evidence provided by India.

March-April 2016

Members of the Pakistan JIT during their visit to the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot on March 29, 2016. (Sameer Sehgal / HT Photo )

The Pakistan joint investigation team (JIT) visits India to investigate whether there are any Pakistani links in the Pathankot attack.

April 2016

Pakistan says its JIT visited the “crime scene” but witnesses from the Indian security forces were not produced before the probe team.

Pakistan's high commissioner to India Abdul Basit during an interaction with media at Foreign Correspondent Club in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)

o Pakistan says the dialogue process with India has been suspended and hints there is no possibility of allowing an NIA team to visit Islamabad to probe the Pathankot terror attack.

First Published: Apr 08, 2016 09:20 IST