Asian body pushes for resumption of Indo-Pak talks

Asian body pushes for resumption of Indo-Pak talks

Astana: A key Asian body has pushed India for carrying forward the dialogue process with Pakistan and urged political parties from both the countries to take initiatives in this regard.

According to the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP), India and Pakistan should resume the stalled composite dialogue to resolve issues in a bid to “calm the off-and-on tensions."

“On talks, there has been no apparent movement since July, when the prime ministers of India and Pakistan met in Egypt. Understandably, the Indians are still aggrieved over last November’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai," said Jose de Venecia, co-chairman of standing committee of ICAPP, which is a conglomeration of over 200 political parties from 45 countries.

Addressing the recent 5th General Assembly of the ICAPP, he said he believed that the Congress achieving a thumping win in the May general elections should give India popular support in seeking a modus vivendi with the ruling PPP in Pakistan.

Velencia said the ICAPP should “encourage political parties of India and Pakistan to help revive the suspended talks over Kashmir to calm the off-and-on tensions on the long borders of south Asia."