The India-Pakistan encounter must be a fascinating study from the outside looking in. The press conference by the foreign ministers of the two countries that was televised live on Thursday night went along predictable lines, up to a point.
The suave Pakistani Shah Mehmood Qureshi, so in love with the sound of his own voice and the way the light falls on his polished visage, droned on interminably in his opening remarks.
His Indian counterpart, arguably as urbane a gent, tried to match him in making remarks that sounded like they were new, but actually not really.
Imagine the excitement in the room then when the masks slipped and there were snarls about bureaucratic indiscretions that seemed to have been timed deliberately just before the talks in Islamabad. Expect more of the same—talks about talks (see Page 3). Perhaps that’s a sign of progress.