India Pakistan Foreign Ministers talks postponed; Kayani expresses concern over border incursions; China and Pakistan actively cooperating in space technology
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  • Reports noted that in light of the internal affairs of Pakistan and the upcoming presidential elections in India, talks between the foreign ministers of the two countries have been postponed till an undisclosed date. Talks between the foreign secretaries of the two countries which took place this month were to be succeeded by talks between Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and her Indian counterpart SM Krishna in Islamabad next month. Further talks will be held between the foreign secretaries of the two countries on July 4-5, 2012 in New Delhi. 1

    In another development, according to reports, the Pakistani Army chief Kayani has expressed his reservations to ISAF commander Gen John Allen over cross border incursions by militants based in Afghanistan. Gen Allen, the top commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan was visiting Pakistan amid heightened tensions between the two countries. The US accuses Pakistan of not acting against militant networks allegedly based on Pakistani soil. The two countries have also been at loggerheads over still-closed NATO supply lines. Pakistan, on the other hand, blames NATO and Afghan forces of failing to act against militant safe havens in Afghanistan, and repeated border violations and attacks by insurgents. The ISAF commander’s visit follows a similar cross-border attack by Taliban militants on Sunday, resulting in the deaths of 13 Pakistani soldiers. 2

    In other developments, according to reports, the spokesperson of China’s manned space engineering programme, Wu Ping has confirmed active cooperation between China and Pakistan on space technology. She informed this during a press conference. 3