In the first concrete outcome of talks between India and Pakistan,the two countries signed agreements Saturday to substantially ease travel restrictions and for cultural exchanges but made no headway on New Delhis demand for speedy action against the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar told a joint press conference here that they had agreed to adopt a forward-looking approach while recognising the need to expeditiously bring perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai attacks to justice.
However,Islamabad did not go beyond its stated position of bringing to book those involved in the Mumbai attacks in accordance with due process of law. India,on its part,was non-committal on Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs visit to this country with Krishna refusing to give a firm commitment,saying that the atmosphere has to be ripe and something worthwhile should come out from such a trip.
He made it clear that Singh was not shying away from visiting Pakistan and had never set conditions for a trip. The prime minister has never put conditions for his visit to Pakistan. I think,the visit will take place at an appropriate time when the atmosphere is ripe,when he feels that something worthwhile will come out of the visit, Krishna said.
In a goodwill gesture to mark Krishnas visit,Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari ordered the immediate release of all remaining 271 Indian fishermen in Pakistani jails All Indian fishermen have been released those who have completed their jail terms and those who are still serving, Khar said.