Post 26/11, a chronicle of India-Pakistan meetings

April 8th, 2012 - 5:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh A chronology of key meetings between Indian and Pakistani leaders after the Nov 26, 2008 Mumbai terror carnage that caused a nearly two-year long deep freeze in the ties between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

Feb 26, 2009: Foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir meet on the sidelines of the SAARC ministerial meeting in Colombo.

June 16, 2009 - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meets Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.

June 26, 2009 - Meeting between External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and his Pakistan counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the G8 outreach meeting in Trieste, Italy.

July 16, 2009 - Manmmohan Singh meets Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el Sheikh — the meeting that led to a controversial joint declaration delinking the composite dialogue process from Pakistan’s action against terror and including a reference to Balochistan.

Sep 27, 2009- Foreign secretaries Rao and Bashir meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

April 29, 2010 - The two prime ministers — Manmmohan Singh and Gilani — meet on the sidelines of a South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu.

July 16, 2010 - Krishna and Qureshi meet in Islamabad. But the talks ended in bitterness over Pakistan raking up the Kashmir issue and India insisting that Pakistan give a time frame for completing trial of the Mumbai attack.

Feb 6, 2011 - Foreign secretaries Rao and Bashir met on the sidelines of a SAARC conference in Thimpu.

March 27, 2011 - Manmohan Singh and Gilani meet on the sidelines of a cricket world cup semi-final match between India and Pakistan in the Punjab city of Mohali.

July 26, 2011- Pakistan’s first woman foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar visits India and holds talks with her Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna in Delhi.

Nov 10, 2011 - Manmohan Singh meets Gilani in the Addu atoll of Maldives, the venue of a SAARC summit. They jointly declare to open a new chapter in the history of India-Pakistan relations.

Feb 13, 2012: India’s Commerce Minister Anand Sharma visits Pakistan on a three-day trip, first by an Indian trade minister in three decades.

March 27, 2012: The two prime ministers meet on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in an unscheduled informal meeting in the South Korean capital Seoul.

April 8, 2012 - Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari comes to India on a day-long private visit to offer prayers at the Ajmer dargah and hold talks with Manmohan Singh.

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