No link between Siachen, other issues: India

Last Updated: Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 22:30

New Delhi: India on Saturday said it does not see any link in making progress with Pakistan on the demilitarisation of Siachen glacier with resolving other bilateral issues.

Government sources said differences in the stand taken by the two neighbouring countries on position of troops at the world`s highest battlefield remained and that they have not been able to bridge the gap so far.

The sources, however, said that India does not see any specific linkage in finding a solution to Siachen with other bilateral issues like Sir Creek.

Earlier this week, India and Pakistan held Defence secretary-level talks in Islamabad but failed to make any headway in ending the military standoff on Siachen with both sides sticking to their stated positions.

At the end of two-days of talks, they merely committed themselves to "serious, sustained and result-oriented efforts" for an amicable settlement of the issue, while acknowledging that "the ceasefire (in Siachen) was holding since 2003."

The sources said that talks between India and Pakistan are taking place on the basis of the Composite Dialogue Process.

The two countries will try to make progress in resolving bilateral issues wherever they can, they added.

In the backdrop of former Army chief Gen V K Singh writing a letter to the Prime Minister, raising concerns about India`s defense preparedness, the sources said the armed forces are better prepared than ever before.

Many gaps in this regard have been plugged following steps taken in the last couple of years.

The sources also said that the government did not see anything wrong in the General writing a letter to the Prime Minister on the state of the country`s military preparedness which kicked up a huge storm after it was leaked to the media.

On other issues related to Indo-Pak relations, the sources said that a role for India in finding a solution to the Afghan problem is no longer an issue for Pakistan.

The noise made by Pakistan over an Indian role in Afghanistan over the years is less shrill now, sources said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 20:47

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