No meeting between FMs of Pak, India on cards on Monday

With Pakistan insisting that India-Pakistan talks on all outstanding issues should be “result-oriented”, no formal meeting between foreign ministers of the two countries has so far been fixed on Monday, according to indications available Sunday.

Sources said a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna would take place as soon as India agrees to a hold substantive talks aimed resolving the long-standing disputes, including Kashmir, where the situation has taken a turn for the worse.

But discussions aimed at setting up talks between the two foreign ministers are continuing, the sources said. Indian Security forces, armed with shoot-on-sight orders, have been battling crowds of protesters demanding freedom in towns and cities across the valley, despite strict curfews.

“We have a principled position that the talks between the two countries should be result-oriented, not just a photo-op,” one source said.