India has offered to hold official-level talks with Pakistan, signalling a return to bilateral dialogue suspended after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
New Delhi blames the attacks, which killed 166 people, on Pakistan-based terorists and wants Islamabad to act against them. The talks will be held at the level of the top diplomats of the two countries.
Its a tough and a gambled call from Indian government, the same Pakistan which thinks that evidences given is mere information for 26/11,Nothing much can be expected.Two very important points needs to be considered :-
a) From last one year when Pakistan faced terrorism from Talibani's then they realised that they want peace with India and Pakistan was tryng to put an impression that they were always ready for talks and India is not willing to do that.What about last 20 years of Indian battle against Terrorism ?
b) Now when the Indian government softened thier stands on Ind-Pak relation suddenly hell lot of noise is comming out of pakistan, firstly their army chief makes a statement , after that the former ISI chief Hamid Gul making statements against India sitting with the terrorist groups in PoK, Big rally orgainsed by the militant group in Pok to show their strength against India.Most important Pak PM also telling that they will support such organization who are in PoK, So this is actually helping the terrorist groups who are trying to unstable India
c) Recently Pak Foreign minister making harsh speeches against India since we tried to start the dialogue process again.
What's behind India's move?
New Delhi's earlier tough line -- no official talks with Pakistan until its neighbour gets serious about tackling anti-India militants on its soil -- has not produced results more than a year after the Mumbai strike.
India may now feel a more nuanced approach that boosts the credibility of Pakistan's civilian government is preferable than making tough demands, which could be used as ammunition by hawks in the Pakistan government and the army.
Washington is also eager for improved India-Pakistan ties, as tension after the Mumbai strike diverted Islamabad's attention from fighting insurgents in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
What's at stake in the talks?
Meaningful progress towards improved relations between India and Pakistan would be a relief for the United States, as it continues to pour money and troops into the region.
It would also calm nerves over a series of border skirmishes in recent weeks between India and Pakistan, who have been to war three times, twice over the disputed region of Kashmir and once over the founding of Bangladesh. Though a serious escalation is unlikely, the exchanges fuelled tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals.
Having blamed some state agencies in Pakistan for having a hand in the Mumbai attacks, official level talks could lead to, in India's eyes, a stronger commitment from Pakistan to crack down on militants who want to train their guns on India.
Is success likely?
Though official-level talks are a big step-up from an earlier deep freeze on relations, any progress is likely to be slow.
There is no quick fix on Kashmir, which lies at the heart of their rivalry and which still remains a rallying cry for Kashmiri and Pakistan-based militants.
A further militant attack on Indian soil could send confidence levels into freefall once again. As if to underline the point, the U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates warned India might lose patience with Pakistan over another attack.
What is the political fallout for India?
The Indian public and political opposition groups are sensitive to any hint of an Indian sellout towards its foe, and New Delhi's latest move has already sparked a backlash from some quarters.
The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has slammed the offer as premature, arguing Pakistan has done too little to earn India's generosity.
Though it grappling with a slew of domestic issues, most notably price rises, India's Congress-led government still has a lot of political capital to expend after a comfortable victory in last year's federal election.
What's at stake financially?
Closer ties between India and Pakistan will be greeted positively by investors, but would not have a significant short-term market impact.
There is very very little chance of getting any conclusion even after 20-30 years from now because as far as India is concerned they only want Pakistan to take care that, their soil is not used to attack India but that doesn't seems to be happening from almost 20 years as some section of people in Pakistan on the name of Jihad had launched attacks several times in India .Everyone feels that peace process will again be blocked as another terror attack is being planned by the terror units in Pok which can happen any time.Hope that something like this never happens and all of us live peacefully.
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