India has canceled the foreign secretary level talks with Pakistan. This after Abdul Basit, the high commissioner of Pakistan, extended invitations for consultations with the Kashmir’s resistance leaders. Analysts say the move revealed New Delhi’s intentions.
India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said Basit's meeting with the pro-independence camp of Kashmir undermined efforts to thaw relations between the two nuclear-armed rivals. India’s move prompted reactions from pro-independence leaders in Kashmir. Pakistan’s consultations with Kashmir’s pro independence leaders is not something new but this time it holded more importance for the Kashmir leadership as the Hindu nationalist Baratiya Janta Party is leading the Indian government. The 25 August meeting was the first in two years. India and Pakistan agreed to resume talks and improve relations in May when Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended the inauguration of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However now it seems to be dented again. As relations between India and Pakistan are getting better, analysts remain doubtful about the future of their talks. They maintain that till the core issue of Kashmir is no resolved, no progress would be made in bilateral relations.