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Indo-Pak talks: no major breakthrough

Jun 24, 2011 11:59 PM IST India India

Islamabad: There was no major breakthrough even as Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary level talks concluded on Friday in Islamabad. India in a tough message to Pakistan stressed the fact that there is no place for military conflict in Indo-Pak relations and that the shadow of guns must end. The first sign was the hurriedly called joint press conference. Earlier both sides had planned to brief separately, the second sign was the joint statement. The talks appeared to have gone well. Sources say the chemistry was excellent and Salman Bashir calmly heard Nirupama Rao out on terrorism. She raised the slow probe and trial of the Mumbai attacks co-accused and the evidence that came up in Rana's trial in Chicago. Rao also asked for an investigation in to the links between the Lashkar and ISI. Bashir did not promise a speedy probe or that Indian evidence would be treated with gravity but the atmosphere did not get vitiated. "While we do understand concerns in India about the Mumbai incident, we hope and expect that this issue in a generic sense requires objectivity," said Bashir. Both sides agreed on some issues - Kashmiris will be able to travel across the LoC more frequently through new crossing points and multi entry permits but the dispute itself will take time to be resolved. "The shadow of gun has caused untold suffering on our people. This needs to end. Ideology of military conflict should have no place in our ties. This should be characterized by peace, cooperation, trade and people to people contact in an atmosphere free of terror," said Rao. Contacts between the armies and coastguard will increase and new cbms will be considered - both nuclear and conventional. India also pushed for an agreement on prevention of incidents on the high seas – that’s courtesty the recent warship row. Pakistan was open to launch a dialogue on nuclear security - which india wants under the iaea. In the end, enough was agreed for the foreign ministers to kick off a new round of the resumed dialogue.

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