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****ISLAMABAD: Key opinion makers from Pakistan and India have called for regular meetings between the two countries’ militaries and bureaucracies and greater relaxation in visa process, particularly for students and journalists.****

The call was made through a resolution adopted at the conclusion of the 12th round of Chaophraya Dialogue, organised by the Jinnah Institute, a think-tank, and the Australia-India Institute (AII) as part of Track II diplomacy in Bangkok, says a press release issued here on Sunday.

The participants, including parliamentarians, former diplomats, ex-military officers, media persons and policy experts from the two countries, were of the view that students and journalists could work towards improving relations and perceptions in their countries.

There were also calls for greater transparency in discussing nuclear arms and for both countries to commit to ensuring stability in Afghanistan.

The participants supported an early resumption of a fruitful dialogue process between the two countries.

Those who attended the dialogue included former ambassadors Sherry Rehman and Aziz Ahmad Khan, PPP MNA Naveed Qamar, PTI’s Shafqat Mahmood, retired Lt Gen Athar Abbas, Dr Saba Gul Khattak and Ali Dayan Hasan from Pakistan and Prof Amitabh Mattoo, Baijayant Jay Panda, former ambassador G. Parthasarathy, retired Lt Gen Arvinder Lamba, Dr Manoj Joshi, Mohan Guruswamy, Prof Ajay Darshan Behera, Dr Happymon Jacob, Prashant Jha, Dr Sushil Aaron and Dr Mallika Joseph from India.

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Dichichi shyam lal Jul 22, 2013 07:11am

The present Government is moving in the right direction. This is because of change of guard and a decisive person at the head and in command. We have to solve problems of the sub continent among ourselves through dialogue and we will have rightful place in the international community and we will be respected.

Sanjeev Jul 22, 2013 08:09am

Pakistan always insists that any dialogue has to lead to India handing over all disputed territory to Pakistan. If that is the only fruitful discussion, then there can be no discussion. India is growing on a stable path to prosperity and development. Pakistan on other hand is leading to anarchy and fundamentalist philosophy. Within the next decade, the two countries will be too far apart to have any comparison.

pathanoo Jul 22, 2013 08:59am

The more you talk; the less you fight.

Prakash Rao Jul 22, 2013 11:38am

Intentions are good. Result is bad due to suspicions on both sides.

Feroz Jul 22, 2013 01:04pm

This is a half baked suggestion because in India Military men and Bureaucrats do not and cannot formulate policy. Policy making is the sole prerogative of the Government represented by the ruling party in Parliament. There is no third force, fourth force or any other one that can challenge this reality. I am surprised that such eminent interlocutors are so clueless on this subject, no wonder Track 2 has such poor results to show for its efforts.