Home Secretary level talks held between India-Pakistan in New Delhi; Pakistan hails Mohali meeting between India-Pakistan; US welcomes Cricket diplomacy between India-Pakistan; NATO official points out at Pakistan’s inability to help in stemming militant
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  • Home Secretaries of India and Pakistan began a two day dialogue on March 28 on the issues of counter terrorism, 2008 Mumbai attacks and drug trafficking. The Indian delegation was led by Gopal K. Pillai, Home Secretary of India, while the Pakistan delegation was headed by Qamar Zaman Chaudhary, Interior Secretary of Pakistan. The two sides took forward the dialogue process on several issues and came out with a joint statement. This dialogue was a part of the formal process that begun after long between the two estranged neighbors. The meeting was held amidst intense frenzy over Cricket World Cup semi final match between India-Pakistan.1

    However, Pakistan Government has hailed the Mohali meeting between Prime Minister Yusuf Gilani and his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh as a fresh start to settle outstanding issues between the two countries. Regular interaction of this kind will help build solid platform to resolve all misconceptions and mistrust between the two countries said Pakistani President Asif Zardari.2

    Meanwhile, the United States has welcomed Cricket diplomacy between India-Pakistan over the World Cup semi finals terming it as an important turn of events. Welcoming the dialogue between two countries, US expected them to maintain the ties in the near future for stability in the region.3

    In other developments, Mark Sedwill, a senior civilian representative for the Western military alliance in Afghanistan has noted that Pakistan has its hand full on fighting domestic terrorism that it can hardly do more to stem militant groups in Afghanistan. He also said that western governments should resist seeking quick pressure against the Pakistani government.4