PM meets Singh, holds one-on-one talks

Prime Minster Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh held a one-on-one meeting Thursday afternoon amid at exploring possibilities of resuming the long-stalled dialogue and normalisation of ties.

The two prime ministers met at Bhutan House in the SAARC Village, created especially for the heads of South Asian countries who have gathered here for the 16th SAARC summit.

Reportedly, Singh conveyed its unhappiness over the lack of “credible” action by Islamabad to punish perpetrators of 26/11 incident.

While Islamabad emphasized upon honouring the Indus Water Treaty of 1960 violating India by building a power project on Kishanganga River in Jammu and Kashmir.

The meeting fueled hopes of movement in the rival nations’ glacial progress towards resuming a substantial peace dialogue.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and their Indian counterparts SM Krishna and Nirupama Rao were also present on the occasion that will hold separate press briefings.

India halted peace talks with Pakistan after the November 2008 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed and which India has blamed on Pakistan-based militants.

Both the PMs had met at Sharm el Sheikh where they had one-on-one and delegation level talks and vowed to continue the dialogue process to resolve all outstanding issues including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

“United States always welcomes dialogue…so we really commend the two prime ministers for their initiatives and we hope that there will be a positive outcome,” Robert Blake, US Assistant Secretary of State, told reporters in Thimphu.

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