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EFSAS comments on PM Shehbaz Sharif’s call for talks with neighbour India


Any talk of reconciliation between long estranged neighbours India and Pakistan can only be welcomed. That said, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s recent call for talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that received considerable traction in the South Asian media was, when looked at more closely, neither an articulation of a sincere desire for talks, nor really meant to awaken India’s peace-receptors at all. When meaningless and directionless proposals for talks are put forth by a Prime Minister using the good offices of a third friendly country, only to be categorically ruled out by the same Prime Minister’s office within days by dictating conditions that New Delhi has repeatedly made abundantly clear were not acceptable to it, the real prospects for peace certainly cannot be said to have been furthered.