A possible end to India-Pakistan hostility?

December 6th 2015 is a date that may very well enter history. It is not the day the right wing Front National got a huge amount of votes in France. No. It is the day that Pakistan and India got closer and held a friendly meeting. Since their separation in 1947, both countries have hated and fought each other. The belligerents being nuclear powers, such a hostility is a threat for the whole world.

It was when Indian and Pakistani Prime ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif met in Paris at the cop21, that both took the decision to bring their countries closer again by holding this meeting. It came as a surprise, as none of this has been officially announced before. Pakistan’s national security advisor Nasir Khan Januja and his Indian equivalent Ajit Doval met in Bangkok to talk about “peace and security, terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir, and other issues, including tranquillity” along the Kashmir Border. Apparently the talking was done in a positive atmosphere and specialists hope that it will be the beginning of the end of the Indian-Pakistani opposition. Ajit Doval said that “it opened the door for further dialogue.”

Furthermore, the Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj will soon go to Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, for a new conference.



Modi and Sharif in Paris (Source: Al Jazeera)

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