Domestic compulsions stand in the way of Pak-India peace process: Analyst

Last Updated: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 06:40 hrs

The domestic issues and little improvement in governance seem to hold back the progress of Pakistan and India ties, even as Pakistani government has expressed its wish to encourage cross border investment.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced that Pakistan wants to import electricity from India in its efforts to solve the country's energy crisis, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

According to the report, the backdoor diplomacy of the country is back on track with India, signaling the new government's commitment to forge a relationship with its neighbor and historic rival.

A major hurdle to building relations between the two countries is the contentious issue of terrorism. India has long demanded the prosecution of Pakistanis allegedly involved in organizing a series of terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008.

But, the Pakistani government has shown little commitment to act against groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad.

Mosharraf Zaidi, who has served as a foreign policy adviser to the PPP government, said that the domestic situation in India and Pakistan holds back a lot of progress.

Critics have cautioned that without any significant progress on these issues, it is unlikely that India and Pakistan can move forward with their peace talks, the report added. (ANI)

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