We must continue the dialogue
with India and keep hoping for the best.
In the years of the
long lasting cold wars between India and Pakistan, meeting
between their representatives at any level were too
few, and the few were largely non-productive.
But in the year 2004
the meetings have been many, too many according to some,
and at various levels beginning from the top when President
Musharraf met the then Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari
Vajpayee in Islamabad in the beginning of the year and
set the ball rolling vigorously. The latest top-level
meeting was between Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and
Dr Manmohan Singh in New Delhi.
After the two governments
had earlier divided the disputes for which solutions
had to be sought and identified areas where cooperation
had to be enlarged, the foreign secretaries of the two
countries have been meeting from time to time as agreed
and reviewing the progress of those committees and coming
up with path-breakers where there had been disputes,
except in Kashmir. The foreign secretaries are to meet
again on December 27 and 28 to review the progress of
the committees and show the light where that is needed.....more