The Great Debate (India)

Indo-Pak talks: Futile effort at diplomacy?


A day after the Pakistani and Indian foreign ministers agreed on more talks to rebuild a mutual trust fractured by the 2008 Mumbai attacks, the media on both sides of the border was abuzz with news of the dialogue having collapsed.

Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna (L) and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi take questions from the media during a joint news conference in Islamabad July 15, 2010. REUTERS/Adrees LatifNeither Pakistan’s Shah Mehmood Qureshi nor India’s S.M. Krishna set a date for future talks or announced any concrete measures that might soothe tensions. The Mumbai attacks and recent imposition of curfew in Srinagar remained the stumbling blocks in a dialogue that went on for several hours.

Though Qureshi and Krishna agreed to meet again, the back-and-forth rhetoric both in media or out of it did little to assuage the tension between the nuclear-capable neighbours.

India insists further talks with Pakistan are only possible once Islamabad convinces New Delhi of its intention to prosecute the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks.