India – Pakistan relations have taken a pleasant turn after both nations have agreed to engage in a “comprehensive” dialogue dubbed as 10-point Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue (CBD). The 10-point CBD will succeed the 8-point Composite Dialogue Process (CDP) structured dialogue aka Resumed Dialogue.
- The decision has been taken on the sidelines of Hearth of Asia Conference in Islamabad & was declared in a joint statement that was issued after a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.
Matters to be taken under 10-point Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue (CBD):
- Peace and security, confidence building measures (CBMs)
- Jammu and Kashmir
- Sir Creek Boundary Dispute
- Wullar Barrage/Tulbul Navigation Project
- Economic and Commercial cooperation
- Counter-terrorism, Narcotics control
- People-to-people exchanges
- Humanitarian issues
- Religious tourism
The new elements included in CBD are Humanitarian issues and Religious Tourism to make the peace process between both countries long lasting; rest all is the elements of CPD.
Other Matters covered in Joint Statement
- National Security Advisors (NSAs) of both countries to take forward talks on terrorism.
- Pakistan committed to expedite 26/11 Mumbai attacks trial.
- Secretary-level talks within stipulated time table.
PM Narendra Modi to visit Pakistan in 2016 to participate in the 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit to be held in Islamabad.