Thimphu: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will reach Thimphu early on Wednesday, setting the stage for India and Pakistan to hijack yet another SAARC summit.
Singh could meet his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani in Bhutan's capital Thimphu on Wednesday and Thursday, but no major breakthrough is expected, given Islamabad's response to India's dossiers on 26/11.
Pakistan says the evidence against Lashkar-e-Toiba chief Hafiz Saeed is sketchy and insufficient, the evidence provided against Abu Jindal is inadequate. Pakistan also says there is inadequate evidence against Abu Hamza and Major Iqbal. Moreover, there is nothing specific against Illyas Kashmiri and has also demanded that India hand over Mumbai attacker Ajmal Amir Kasab to it.
Pakistan is also demanding that Indian magistrates testify in their courts and after rejecting Indian evidence, it is seeking a political push for a thaw in Thimphu.
"The meeting between the foreign secretaries to my mind was a step in the right direction. But the outcome was disappointing. If you want real progress it will have to come from the political leadership. It requires political will. The secretaries can't deliver," says Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
The Prime Minister's room for maneuver is limited by Islamabad's refusal to walk the mile with New Delhi. Against the backdrop of a gathering spy scandal involving an Indian diplomat in Islamabad, there may not be much to look forward to.