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Pakistan, India talks on Saichen ended inconclusive

08 April, 2007

RAWALPINDI: Secretary Defence Kamran Rasool and his Indian counterpart Shekhar Dutt shake hand prior to a meeting at Ministry of Defence.
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ISLAMABAD: 11th round of Defence secretary level talks between Pakistan and India for resolution of Siachen issue ended here inconclusive.

The defence secretary level talks between the two countries on Siachen issue commenced on Friday in ministry of defence on Friday and concluded on Saturday without reaching any outcome.

According to a statement issued by foreign office, Pakistani delegation was headed by defence secretary Kamran Rasool while Indian delegation was led by defence secretary Shekhar Dutt.

Senior army officers of both the sides were also present on the occasion.

According to sources, the major factor which led to the failure of the talks was intransigent attitude of Indian delegation. Indian side did not demonstrate any flexibility.

Pakistan was of the view troops should return to 1984 position. On the other hand Indian delegation demanded that Pakistan should first sign the road map and authenticate the position of its troops. Pakistan did not agree over it.

Pakistani side stressed that India should give replies to the proposals floated by it for resolution of the problem.

Indian delegation, however made it clear that its position was what it was before. Therefore, this 11th round of talks also met failure.

India, in 1984 occupied the part of Siachen, which was located in Pakistan boundaries. It is still under Indian occupation.

Pakistan wants India to withdraw its forces to 1984 position and both the countries should pull out their troops from Siachan.

Indian delegation called on Defence Minister Rao Sikandar Iqbal. Both the sides agreed to continue the dialogue process despite the failure of 11th round of talks.

Both the delegations will present the reports on talks to their respective countries.

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Inconclusion of Siachen is not the end of the world.Agreements in south Asia are done after real sweating and drawn out and delayed efforts.

ONLY INTEZAR PEACE DIPLOMACY FROM 1957 TO 1962 CULMINATED INTO A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT OF RESOLVING WATER SHARING FROM INDUS BASIN.

SO BIG WAS THIS ACHIEVEMENT THAT NEHRU HAD PERSONALY COME TO LAHORE TO TKE PRIDE IN ALL PEOPLE OF SOUTH ASIA TO HAVE MADE IT HAPPEN.

ON PRESIDENT AYUB PART, HE TOOK HIMSELF AND HIS CABINET ON NATION WIDE TRAIN JOURNEY WITH HIS CABINET WITH STOP OVERS IN MANY CITIES TO CELEBRATE IT IN FACE TO FACE CONGRATULATIONS JUST AFTER 1960, WHEN THE TREATY WAS SIGNED.

IT WAS "INTEZAR" PEACE DIPLOMACY THAT HAD PROPAGATED WELL WITH GOOD WILL DEEP INTO SOUTH ASIA. IT WAS INITIATED BY ISKANDER MIRZA AND MR NEHRU AFTER THEY TOGETHER HAD VIEW OF NOOR JEHAN'S GRANDEST MUSICAL INTEZAR ON THE SIDE LINES OF COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE IN LONDON IN 1957.
INTEZAR PEACE DIPLOMACY KICKED IN WITH ITS REAL GOODWILL THAT HAS STILL TO BE SEEN AGAIN WITH LEADERS AND PEOPLE ALL INTERACTING WITH PEACE LADEN MOODS AND MODES ALL OVER SOUTH ASIA.

THAT GOOD SENSE WILL INSHALLAH PREVAIL AGAIN AS IT DID THROUGH INTEZAR PEACE DIPLOMACY.

NOOR JEHAN,YOU, THROUGH YOUR GRANDEST SONGS EVER IN INTEZAR, HAVE DONE MORE FOR THE PEACE OF SOUTH ASIA THAN ALL THE POLITICIANS AND MILITARY WORK PUT TOGETHER OVER SIX DECADES.



Anwar Mahmood, Canada - 08 April, 2007

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