Pakistan, India agree to co-operate in talks

Indian foreign secretary resumes peace talks with Pakistan after the talks were suspended in last August due to diplomatic row related to disputed Kashmir region

Pakistan, India agree to co-operate in talks

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Pakistan and India agreed to work together to improve their strained relationship during secretary-level meetings Tuesday. 

India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday for meetings with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Chaudry, marking a resumption in reconciliatory talks. 

Talks were suspended in August 2014 after a diplomatic row over the disputed Kashmir region, which is divided between Pakistan and India, and border skirmishes between the two nations.

Jaishankar, who is currently on a tour of India's South Asian neighbors, told reporters the two sides have agreed to work together to end cross-border violations and bring the case of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks to a "logical conclusion."

"We have agreed to work together to increase cooperation and narrow down differences on all the issues, including the cross-border violations as well as the Mumbai attack," he added.

India accuses Pakistani intelligence services of supporting the Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Tayyaba of carrying out the mass shooting that killed more than 150 people at a hotel in Mumbai. Islamabad denies the charge.

Chaudhry later told a press conference that the Kashmir dispute, cease-fire violations and India’s alleged involvement in terrorism in Pakistan were among the issues discussed.

"I raised the issue of India’s involvement in terrorism in Balochistan and FATA (federally administered tribal areas)," he said. "I underlined that the government and the people of Pakistan are deeply attached to Kashmir and urged that concerted efforts should be made for resolution of the dispute."

"I reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment and resolve against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations," he said.

Chaudhry said the two sides had agreed to continue talks over Kashmir and other land and sea border disputes. 

The visiting Indian foreign secretary also called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and national security and foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz.

India suspended secretary-level talks with Islamabad last year after the Pakistani high commissioner to New Delhi held a meeting with pro-independence Kashmiri leaders.

The two nuclear rivals have been locked in several disputes over land and sea boundaries since Pakistan was created after the end of British rule and the partition of India in 1947. 

India and Pakistan have fought three wars, with two of them over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Mart 2015, 17:24