28-30 August 2010
Leading opinion makers from
1. The participants emphasized the need for continued bilateral engagement especially at official and functional levels. They hoped that the dialogue can be sustained until there is a satisfactory resolution of all outstanding issues.
2. They welcomed the forthcoming meeting of the foreign ministers and expressed the hope that this would take the dialogue process forward.
3. The participants felt that the two sides need to agree upon the form and structure of the dialogue.
4. They noted that decisions already taken in earlier rounds of talks needed to be implemented fully. Other issues on which there is convergence must be brought to an early conclusion.
5. To facilitate people-to-people exchanges, the participants felt that there was a need to relax visa restrictions particularly for artistes, media, academics, business persons, students and civil society organizations.
6. To build trust and confidence, they recommended exchanges of visits by military delegations especially at the level of service chiefs, and similar exchanges between intelligence agencies.
7. The two governments should urgently take up the humanitarian issue of fishermen and other prisoners languishing in each others’ jails and find workable compassionate solutions.
1. The participants strongly supported a comprehensive process to build sustained peace and reconciliation between
2. They believed that a sustained dialogue between
3. They recommended that
4. The participants suggested that to complement the bilateral dialogue, inter and intra-Jammu and Kashmir dialogue,
5. They called upon
6. They also appealed to
7. The participants believed that progress made on various tracks of the dialogue must be shared with the principal stakeholders within
1. The participants recognized that instability in
2. They agreed that the future of
3. It was agreed that the only solution to the Afghan problem is a political one. There can be no military solution.
4. The participants felt that the aspirations of the Afghan people for stability and sovereignty should be fulfilled as early as possible within an Afghan-owned multi-ethnic and broad-based framework.
5. It was also agreed that a stable and peaceful
6. The participants further suggested that
1. Participants agreed that terrorism was a common enemy and the comprehensive defeat of terrorism should guide the policies of the governments of
2. They recognized that terrorism was a common threat to both countries and must be dealt with vigorously in all its aspects.
3. They felt there was a need for institutionalized and regular interaction between the heads of the intelligence agencies outside public glare.
4. They recommended that those involved in prosecution of terrorist cases common to both countries should meet often to expedite disposal of cases.
5. Both sides must actively collaborate to facilitate the prosecution of terrorists being tried for acts of terrorism.
6. It was suggested that civil society organizations should build public awareness of their respective national commitments to combat terrorism under the relevant United Nations conventions and binding resolutions.
7. The participants also proposed that both countries must respect each other’s territorial integrity, sovereignty, and refrain from interference in each other’s internal affairs.
LIST OF PARTICIPANTS
Sherry Rehman (President, Jinnah Institute, member of the National Security Committee of the National Assembly of Pakistan), Ejaz Haider (contributing editor, Friday Times, and former executive editor, Daily Times), Aziz Ahmad Khan (former High Commissioner to India), Najmuddin Shaikh (former Foreign Secretary), Ahmer Bilal Soofi (President, Research Society of International Law), Talat Masood (Lt Gen, former Secretary, Ministry of Defence), Humayun Khan (former Foreign Secretary), Syed Rifaat Hussain (Professor and Chair, Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University), Shahzad Chaudhry (former DG, Air Force Strategic Command), Nasim Zehra (Director, Current Affairs, Dunya Television), Sehar Tariq (Program Manager, Jinnah Institute)