For the time being, rhetoric has been set aside and serious diplomacy seems getting a chance to untie the knots of mutual suspicion and mutual disrespect in Indo-Pak relations. What began as a on-off syndrome coursing along the past trajectories looks like finding its gravity and may be moving into a predictable orbit unlike the past. Thanks to the involvement of senior security personnel at the level of NSAs of the two countries, there is little aversion to taking risks and doing at their level what could promote serious diplomacy.
New Delhi was on Thursday officially communicated the steps taken by Islambad against the JeM masterminds who are suspected to have plotted and executed the Pathankot airbase attack in the new year. This was followed by India communicating its decision to allow the visit of a Pakistani Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the attack and offered “all necessary cooperation” to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice.
Further, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, who would have been in Islamabad today for the talks, and his counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary spoke to each other and agreed to meet in the “very near future” to take forward the stalled dialogue process between the two countries.