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Nov 11, 2011 at 08:02am IST

New chapter in Indo-Pak ties as PM-Gilani meet

Maldives: India and Pakistan have declared a new chapter in their relationship, after the Prime Ministers of the two countries met on the sidelines of the SAARC Summit. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani a man of peace, although there was no breakthrough on terror.

There were tight handshakes and warm words as Manmohan Singh and Yousuf Raza Gilani came together for a meeting on the sidelines of the SAARC summit in the Maldives.

From failing to provide voice samples of the accused to the promise of speeding the 26/11 trial to assuring that India-Pakistan would prosecute the masterminds and ISI links to the plot and go after Hafiz Saeed and the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, all has been seen in the past.

New Delhi now says there are some signs if hope as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, "It's time to put bitterness behind us."

The question remains whether it is time to move on, or whether India has just given up on Pakistan taking action in the Mumbai case.

It's a process that has taken them several months, from Thimphu to the Maldives. The Prime Minister has now made it clear that the India-Pakistan bilateral process is not just back on track, it is now being taken to a whole new level.

But somewhere in there it must be remembered that it's the end of a 3-year process, of India's quest for more pressure on Pakistan to do more on terror that remains unfulfilled.