India has let it be known that the peace talks with Pakistan will continue as usual, and that the India-Pakistan narrative should be seen divorced from the killing of Osama bin Laden.
“[Osama’s killing] does not change the universe of discourse” between India and Pakistan, an official source said, adding that the forthcoming official-level talks could be expected to proceed as per plan.
This newspaper had reported Tuesday that Dr Singh was likely to stay the course in spite of pressure on him to reappraise his Pakistan initiative. In doing so he would be guided by the desire not to fritter away the gains made in official and unofficial (track-two) talks with Islamabad in recent years. The source defended the government’s position by saying that India had to engage Pakistan in order to make any progress on issues. Asian Age