Pakistan, India to engage in Track-II dialogue in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Continuing the efforts for easing tensions and normalise ties, Pakistan and India will engage in Track-II dialogue starting from today (Friday).

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Utilising the diplomatic channels, the delegations from the two countries will include foreign office officials and former ambassadors as well.

The talks for revitalising Track-II diplomacy will take place in the capital and continue for two days while second phase of talks will take place in New Delhi.

Following the mount in tensions in February, the recent talks are of supreme significance for the two neighbouring countries.

The purpose behind the revival of dialogues is to push the youth of the two nations towards peace and harmony.

Tensions rise between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the February 14 suicide bombing in Pulwama, Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK).

India levied blame of the attack of Pakistan without presenting any evidence. Pakistan strongly refuted the claim.

In response, India said it carried out on February 26 air strikes on what it called a militant training camp at Balakot inside Pakistan. India deemed the strike ‘successful’ with 300 casualties. Pakistani officials, as well as the locals, discarded the claims, inviting local and international media to visit the site of the so-called attack where around a dozen trees were the only “casualty”.

Pakistan Air Force, downed the two Indian trespassing aircrafts the very next day, capturing Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan who was then released as a peace gesture by Pakistan.

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