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On a peace railing

A section of media in Pak sees resumption of rail service between Rajasthan and Sindh as another 'flamboyant show of goodwill'.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 19:46 IST

With the Thar Express back on track, another odyssey of peace between India and Pakistan has begun.

The services were shut down when India and Pakistan went on a war in 1965.

And as the Indo-Pak Joint Working Group adds another feather to its cap, media in Pakistan brands it as another "flamboyant show of goodwill".

"Despite the sometimes flamboyant shows of goodwill since the peace process started, it is disturbing to note that practically no headway has been made on any issue of substance," The Nation says in its editorial.

The paper says India should not digress from the main issue between the two neighbours, which is Kashmir.

"…India remains intransigent not only in refusing to discuss Kashmir, but also refusing to budge an inch from maximalist stands on water issues."

There are differences over the construction of a barrage by India on the Jhelum River, which starts in Jammu and Kashmir and flows into Pakistan.

Also, India's lukewarm response to Musharraf's proposals on Kashmir has not got down well with the Pak leadership as well as the media, who blame India as an insincere player in the peace bid.

"…While Islamabad has taken many steps, some feel too many, to tackle lingering problems, the Indian response has been lukewarm at best, indicating a lack of change in New Delhi's mindset," says the paper.

First Published: Feb 20, 2006 19:46 IST