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Pak-India back channel diplomacy alive - report

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, April 4, IRNA
Pakistan and India have kept the back channel diplomacy alive side by side with the on-going peace process, a local press report said on Monday.

The 'News' daily reported that though the back channel diplomacy was alive, the government had no idea whether or not National Security Council advisor Tariq Aziz would meet his Indian counterpart SK Lambah in Dubai.

The report said that it was not clear that both advisors would meet ahead of President General Pervez Musharraf's visit to India as of April 16.

According to the daily, reports from India suggested that back channel diplomacy between Aziz and Lambah would take place shortly since this channel is very active.

Islamabad and New Delhi started the peace process in 2004 after a meeting between President Musharraf and former Indian premier Atal Behari Vajpayee was held.

Back channel diplomacy has been taking place between the two nations even before the peace process started. Some analysts suggested that the channel had played a role in de-escalation when armed forces of the two countries stood eye-to-eye position after an attack on Indian parliament in December 2002.

President Musharraf is expected to take up Kashmir and other bilateral matters with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and other leaders during his visit to watch a one-day cricket match.

::IRNA No.034 04/04/2005 14:59 --End

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