India and Pakistan revive Track II talks


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and India are reported to have resumed the Neemrana Dialogue through non-governmental discussions known as Track II negotiations, to address a wide range of issues that are causing concern despite the strained relations that exist between the two countries.
The initiative was resuscitated after an Indian delegation of former diplomats, army veterans and academics, headed by former External Affairs Secretary Vivek Katju, traveled across the border and met a group of Pakistanis led by Inam-ul-Haq, who occupied some of the highest posts while working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, until his retirement. Neemrana Dialogue was the first and one of the most notable Track II initiatives. It was launched at the Neemrana Fort in Rajasthan, India, in October 1991. It also resulted in the emergence of similar programs designed to normalize relations between the two bitter South Asian neighbors.
“There have been other Track II initiatives, but these were mostly funded by third parties. Neemrana had more India-Pakistan character,” said former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, T.C.A. Raghavan.
According to a report published by Times of India, the Neemrana meeting was held from April 28 to April 30 in Pakistan.
The newspaper also claimed that New Delhi was going to observe and assess the result of Pakistan’s 2018 general elections before deciding to open official channels and resume the dialogue between the two countries.