India Ready to Resume Talks With Pakistan Citing Future of Subcontinent at Risk

Posted on March 4, 2011

The Prime Minister of India has stated his government’s willingness to resume talks with Pakistan with an “open mind.”  Putting aside fallout from the Pakistan-based Muslim group’s attack on Mumbai, the Indian government is even willing to discuss Jammu and Kashmir.  There is a firm belief that the prosperity of the subcontinent is at risk if these talks do not resolve key issues so that all may move forward.

In his address to the third Convocation of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Science and Technology (SKUAST), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “[voiced] concern over the activities of extremist groups in Pakistan, [saying],

[W]e cannot forget what happened in Mumbai. I urge the Government of Pakistan to leave no stone unturned to bring the culprits (of Mumbai attacks) to book”,

“But I believe that there is a growing conviction in Pakistan, among the thinking segments of the population that something serious needs to be done to curb the influence of these groups on Pakistani society and polity”, he said.

“I urge Pakistan to take strong and resolute action against these groups that is in the interest of Pakistan, the region and the world at large”, Singh said.  [The Times of India]

In recent weeks, India has seen demonstrations against the shortage of the staple, onions and is aware that what is happening in the north African countries could spread east.  Food shortages and high prices partially fueled that civil unrest that has led to the toppling of  at least 2 regimes.