A New Beginning for Pakistan and India


The brief meeting between Pakistani President Zardari and Indian PM Singh increasingly appears to indicate a postive new beginning for cooperation and relations between the two powers. As we noted yesterday, Pakistani and Indian officials were encouraged by the encounter, as were officials in the USA.

DAWN continues the positive reaction with today’s editorial:

It is therefore a happy development that New Delhi and Islamabad have decided to reopen communications and discuss issues at the negotiating table. The foreign secretaries will meet before the NAM summit, scheduled in July, where Mr Zardari and Mr Manmohan Singh will review the prospects for talks. These meetings might appear to be more procedural in nature. Nevertheless they will be important as they will set the tone of the dialogue in the months to come. If they have a positive impact on the atmospherics of the talks these encounters would have been worth their while.