ISLAMABAD: The primary spherical of Track-II dialogue between Pakistan and India will begin in Islamabad on Friday (today).
The talks will proceed for 2 days. Overseas Workplace officers will even take part within the dialogue.
The second spherical will happen in New Delhi. The dialogue has been organised by the Regional Peace Institute (RPI). The talks are thought of essential within the wake of the escalating tensions between the 2 nations since February this yr.
RPI chief Raoof Hasan stated diplomacy by way of the Monitor-II talks is a approach ahead for enhancing relations between the governments of the 2 nations.
The unique Monitor-II initiative — the Neemrana Dialogue —was first held in 1991-1992.
The 2 nations revived it when an Indian facet led by former overseas ministry secretary Vivek Katju visited Islamabad final yr. The Pakistani facet included former minister Javed Jabbar amongst others.
Requested whether or not the dialogue had the backing of the Indian overseas ministry, Kumar didn’t give a direct reply, saying it was a part of the conventional course of. He, nonetheless, stated there was no change in India’s “clear and constant” coverage in direction of Pakistan.
“There isn’t any dilution in our place that talks and terror can not go collectively,” he stated.
Sources in Islamabad stated consultants from the 2 sides mentioned quite a few points, together with Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek, terrorism, and the regional scenario. They stated that the 2 sides would current their proposals to their authorities for consideration.
The Neemrana Dialogue was launched within the early 1990s and included influential former diplomats, army veterans and lecturers, who had the unofficial backing from the overseas ministries of the 2 nations.