A step forward


The civilian leaderships of both countries will have to take a decision if they want a peaceful solution of Kashmir.


Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is scheduled to visit Pakistan in the first week of March this year. It is a big development after almost eight months of a standstill situation in bilateral talks between the two nuclear nations of the subcontinent. Last year, Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif’s visit to India at the oath taking ceremony of PM Modi was considered to be a big breakthrough for good relations between Pakistan and India. At the end of the meeting between the two premiers, both had agreed to start “a new era of bilateral relations”. However, the Indian leadership showed severe reservations over the Hurriyet leaders’ meeting with Mr Salman Bashir, the then Pakistani high commissioner in India and foreign secretary level talks between India and Pakistan were cancelled in August 2014.