The Indo – Pak divide in the media after Pune attack

The most recent insurgent attack in Pune was no doubt a surprise, if not for anything else, then for the city chosen for the attack.

The attack by now is being linked to LeT from the Indian side and the more anti Muslim factions not excluding the BJP, is taking a very arrogant anti-Pakistani stand. Some public sentiments, seem to go with such extreme positions and it was therefore somewhat of a surprise, when Delhi decided to go ahead with the Indo – Pak Foreign Secretaries meeting.

The news had different chosen highlights given by different media on both sides of the national boundary. Here are some excerpts from the print media.

India Signals Change Of Tack By Agreeing To Talk despite Pune

The Times of India

16-Feb-2010

New Delhi: Amidst growing conviction about LeT’s link to the Pune blast, BJP’s criticism as well as misgivings in the Congress, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Monday decided to go ahead with talks between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan, indicating a significant shift in India’s attitude towards bilateral talks.

India ‘Realistic’ In Agreeing To Talk

Friday, 19 February 2010

Special Correspondent

– Nuanced approach to dialogue being adopted

New Delhi: The coming meeting between the Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan is aimed at building a climate of trust for future talks between the neighbours, but much will depend on what Islamabad actually does, according to official sources.

India was being “realistic” in going ahead with the meeting, as beyond a point, putting off talks was likely to yield diminishing returns, the sources said on Thursday. “However, this [meeting] is not aimed at resolving the outstanding issues. We are fully conscious of the complexities involved in the process and are, therefore, adopting a nuanced approach to the dialogue.”

Pakistan Decides To Accept India’s Offer Of Talks

The Hindu

Nirupama Subramanian

– Meeting of stakeholders reaffirms commitment to composite dialogue

– Qureshi against preconditions

– Kashmir the number one issue: Information Minister

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan appears to have decided to accept New Delhi’s offer of Foreign Secretary talks after thrashing it out at a meeting of domestic “stakeholders” on Wednesday and may suggest February 25 as the date, but has not said so yet officially.

BJP Criticises Move To Resume Talks With Pak

Friday, 19 February 2010

Special Correspondent

The Bharatiya Janata Party here on Thursday launched a no-holds barred attack on the government’s security policies, criticising the move to resume the stalled dialogue with Pakistan and charging it with an intention to dilute India’s administrative control over Jammu and Kashmir.

In a resolution adopted by the party’s National Council here, it said the government was confused and could not respond adequately to the worsening internal security situation racked not only by terrorism but also the violence of Maoist-led groups. It charged the government with following a weak-kneed policy towards China which was showing a “new belligerence” with regard to its claims in Arunachal Pradesh.

Pak To Put All Issues On Table

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Asian age

Islamabad: Pakistan has decided to put all issues, including Kashmir, Sia-chen, Sir Creek and the water dispute, on the table when Pakistan and India meet next month, official sources said here.

“It has been decided that not only terrorism but all the issue between the two sides will be put on the table. The dialogue can’t be conditional. It should be aimed at resolving things,” a senior government official who attended the inter-ministerial meeting to finalise strategy for talks with India told this newspaper. “The strategy has been finalised. The idea is to discuss everything that Pakistan and India can talk on. It (the talks) should not be confined to terrorism,” he added.

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