After change in govt, Pakistan hopeful of momentum in talks with India

India, Pakistan talks may gain momentum.
India, Pakistan talks may gain momentum.

Pakistan is hopeful of momentum in talks with nuclear arch rival India after change in government in the country.

Islamabad, May 17/Nationalturk –  With Nawaz Sharif set to lead next government in country after his party PML-N won May 11 general elections, Pakistan is hopeful of momentum in talks with nuclear arch rival India.

“We hope that the dialogue process with India would gain momentum in all areas,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Chaudhry told reporters in Islamabad.

After skirmishes and killing of soldiers of both sides at Line of Control (LoC), defecto  border between India and Pakistan in Indian administered Kashmir, at the start of this year, there has been a halt in dialogue process between the two countries. The tension further increased after killing of Indian prisoner Sabarbjit Singh in Pakistan prison and Pakistani prisoner  Sanaullah Ranjay in Indian prison during attacks by fellow prisoners.

Aizaz said Pakistan had always emphasised continuity of the peace talks with India so that all outstanding issues including Kashmir could be resolved through dialogue.

Referring to killing on Pakistani prisoner in Indian jail, he said Pakistan was in touch with the Indian authorities over the issue of prisoners.

“We have approached the Indian government for focused discussions on the issue of prisoners. We hope that these focused discussions would address all aspects of this important issue, including the release of the 47 prisoners who have completed their sentence.”

There are some 300 Pakistani prisoners in Indian jails, of whom 47 have completed their sentences but continue to remain in detention because of delays in completion of release formalities.

Nawaz had invited Indian PM to attend his oath-taking ceremony

The PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, who is set to become the next prime minister of Pakistan, had extended an invitation to the Indian leader to visit Pakistan and attend his oath-taking ceremony. However, according to media reports, Indian premier Manmohan Singh have turned down the invitation.

Earlier, Singh while congratulating Mian Nawaz Sharif on winning May 11 elections had expressed hope to work with him to chart a new course and pursue a new destiny in the relations between our countries.

Indian premier had also invited Sharif to visit India at a mutually convenient time.

Political analysts and commentators are of the opinion that Nawaz Sharif’s government may give impetus to stalled dialogue process with India.

“There may be a  summit level talks between Indian PM and Pakistan PM in near future,” they said

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Faiz Ahmad / NationalTurk Pakistan News


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