India may end LoC ceasefire, call off composite dialogue

30 November 2008
The Daily Times
Khalid Hasan

Washington DC: CNN’s sister network in India, CNN-IBN has reported that the fallout from the Mumbai terrorist attacks is damaging the tenuous relationship between India and Pakistan and the Indian government is considering suspending the five-year old ceasefire with Pakistan and perhaps even ending the ongoing composite dialogue process. Meanwhile, Sen Jo Biden, ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in an ABC interview on Sunday that this was a good opportunity for India and Pakistan to come together to fight terrorism. He said diplomacy should be at work right now to ‘keep things afloat’. He spoke about the support the United States has extended to Pakistan as it struggles to revive its economy and fight bankruptcy. The IMF had come to the aid of Pakistan, which was an indication of the US support for Islamabad’s economic efforts. Biden said President Bush was going to phone Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today and Admiral Mullen was likely to visit the region again soon.