India-Pak foreign ministers meet in Tajikistan later this month

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The foreign ministers of Pakistan and India will attend an international conference on Afghan talks in Tajikistan later this month.

According to government sources in the Indian media, Indian Foreign Minister SJ Shankar is also expected to attend the Afghan talks in Tajikistan on the 30th of this month, and it is likely that He may also meet his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the occasion.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart SJ Shankar will attend the Heart of Asia Conference in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The conference is about peace in Afghanistan and the future of this Hindu Kush state. 

However, according to Indian officials, a meeting between the leaders of India and Pakistan is also expected on this occasion.

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A statement attributed to Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa two days ago said that in order to start peace talks in the region, it was necessary for India to first create a conducive environment in Kashmir. 

A well-known English newspaper in India has written that India has initiated diplomatic measures for a possible bilateral meeting and Pakistan has also shown some interest in it.

Turkey launched the Heart of Asia Conference in 2011 to increase security and cooperation to restore stability and peace in Afghanistan, and this time the conference is being held in Tajikistan.

Over the past few years, relations between Pakistan and India have been strained on a number of issues, including Kashmir, and no formal or informal talks have taken place between the two. When the SAARC foreign ministers met in New York in September 2019, there was still an opportunity for a meeting between Qureshi and J. Shankar.

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At the time, however, bilateral relations were so strained that both neighboring countries boycotted each other. Qureshi had already walked out of the meeting when Indian Foreign Minister Jay Shankar addressed the meeting, and when Jay Shankar finished his address and walked out, Qureshi returned to the meeting.

But over the past few days, things have changed dramatically. First, there was talk of implementing the ceasefire agreement on the Line of Control in Kashmir. India allowed Imran Khan’s plane to use its airspace and then a Pakistani javelin team came to India to participate in an international competition, thus starting a series of positive signals between the two rival countries.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan also said in a recent statement that “India must take the first step in improving dialogue and relations between India and Pakistan.” Unless they (India) do that, we can’t do much in that direction.”