Indo-Pak Express resumes again on +Ve mode

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Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir
Thimpu, Feb 7: After the deadlock of seven months, India and Pakistan on Sunday, Feb 6 resumed dialogues in Bhutan's capital Thimpu. But the most gladdest part of the meet is that both countries agreed to proceed with a constructive talks.

Indian foreign secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir met and sources said that two sides treaded cautiously over contentious issues including the Samjhauta blast case and Mumbai terror attacks.

"...dialogue between India and Pakistan is necessary and a must if we are to satisfactorily resolve the outstanding issues between our two countries," stated Rao on Feb 6.

She also continued as saying, "We have a number of outstanding issues. So, we are going into this with an open mind and constructive attitude."

"I believe my Pakistani counterpart will also have a number of ideas to discuss and so this is going to be an exploratory discussion," added Rao.

So, after the news of positive outcome of the much hyped foreign secretaries meet in Thimpu, our speculation about Bhutan became true. Bhutan is, indeed, a lucky charm for India and Pakistan.

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Indian and Pakistan were engaged in such dialogues in Jul 2010 when Indian foreign minister SM Krishna and his counterpart SM Qureshi met in Islamabad.

However, the meeting the duo was not fruitful for the two countries and talk process was barred after the meeting. Rao and Bashir's meeting turned up as a new hope for the two nations.

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