27 September, 2020

Over The Boundary At Sher-E-Kashmir

Vajpayee makes the first move again, but promises it won't be the farce of '01 Updates

T. Narayan
Over The Boundary At Sher-E-Kashmir
outlookindia.com
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Three days after Pakistan Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali called up Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, the freeze in the Indo-Pak relations began to thaw. In a speech to Parliament, the PM declared that India had decided to appoint a high commissioner to Pakistan and restore civil aviation links on a reciprocal basis.

All this was expected from the time Jamali called up Vajpayee on April 28. In the course of a 10-minute conversation, the two prime ministers got down to determining how best to shape a re-engagement between the two countries, estranged from the time Indian Parliament was attacked on December 13, 2001. Jamali welcomed Vajpayee’s peace overture and said Pakistan was prepared to talk to India at any level, hoping that such a dialogue would cover all issues, including Kashmir.

But Vajpayee’s lack of confidence in Pakistan was palpable in the incremental and tentative manner in which he charted out the roadmap to peace. First, Vajpayee pressed for an early implementation of the decisions on trade and economic cooperation taken at the saarc...

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