Pakistan Dismayed Over Indian Attitude

22 July 2008
The Nation


Islamabad: Pakistan is extremely disappointed over India’s non-seriousness to resolve Kashmir or any other major issue on Indo-Pak ‘composite dialogue’ agenda and it has made a demand for result-oriented talks that if not accepted could lead to the derailment of peace process. “With four and a half years down the road to the commencement of peace process back in 2004 and with no solution to Kashmir, Siachen or any other major issue in sight, Pakistan’s ruling circles have started questioning the very utility of continuing with the Indo-Pak peace process,” said a senior government official here on Tuesday desiring not to be named. Pakistan and India chalked out an eight-point agenda for the peace process that they launched in January 2004 including Kashmir, peace and security, Siachen, Sir Creek and Wullar Barrage, etc. The official said as if the inability of years’ long peace process to yield any major breakthrough was not enough to cause dejection in ruling quarters here, the Indians were again indulging in ‘blame game’ accusing Pakistan of the Kabul embassy bombing and other subversive acts. “All this has resulted in deep pessimism here and resultantly New Delhi has been warned that if it wants to keep the peace process on track it must engage in meaningful negotiations that could lead to the durable settlement of Kashmir or other main issues,” he said. Another official here when contacted confirmed the uneasiness and displeasure in Pakistan’s ruling circles over the lack of seriousness showed by India instead of the resolve and commitment required to make the peace process meaningful and result-oriented. He said that so far the only development made by Islamabad and New Delhi was on the front of confidence building measures as was evident from the recently held Foreign Secretary level talks in the Indian capital in which the two sides announced some new Kashmir-related CBMs including the increase in frequency of cross LoC bus services from fortnightly to weekly. “All these CBMs are good in a sense that they help create conducive environment for the success of peace talks but what is needed more is the strong resolve on the part of Indians to settle the major disputes,” the official said.