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India, Pakistan press rue Kashmir deadlock
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Papers in India and Pakistan regret what they view as a lack of progress in the talks between their foreign ministers, which ended on Monday.

While commentators on both sides say they want a resolution to the conflict in Kashmir, there is little consensus on how to achieve it.

One Pakistan paper suspects a Muzaffarabad-Srinagar bus service will only benefit "Indian spies".

India believes that only in a climate of growing friendship will it be possible to resolve all issues, including Jammu and Kashmir. But Pakistan is equally convinced that if the Kashmir issue were resolved, the two countries would have no problem becoming friends. No matter what Pakistan may feel, only by patiently building the structure of Indo-Pak friendship can the vexed issue of Jammu and Kashmir be resolved to the satisfaction of all the parties.

India's Hindustan Times

The best would be for the two countries to sign an agreement in whichever field they had reached a consensus. One thing will lead to another. And Kashmir will be easy to tackle.

Kuldip Nayar in The Indian Express

New ground was not broken and the foreign ministers' meeting was unable to clear any of the important CBMs [confidence-building measures]. The words used by the ministers on the final day of the talks to express the specific concerns on cross-border terrorism and Kashmir were harsh, and totally eclipsed the little progress made on certain items not central to either issue.

India's The Asian Age

The conclusion of the foreign minister-level talks is that the current peace process seems to be moving favourably in the direction of the Indian agenda.

India's Rashtriya Sahara

Pakistan calls the current composite dialogue between India and Pakistan confidence-building talks. At the same time, the terrorist infrastructure across the border appears to be gaining in strength. This is like strengthening enmity in a friendly manner. In this respect, it cannot be said that the India-Pakistan dialogue is moving in the right direction.

India's Dainik Jagran

The Indian leadership knows very well that Kashmir is the core issue between the two countries. If this dispute is resolved amicably, all other issues like terrorism, infiltration and cease-fire on the line of control will also be solved automatically.

Pakistan's Express

There is nothing unexpected in New Delhi's attitude. It would find one pretext or the other to stall coming to grips with the Kashmir issue, where it is on an utterly weak ground, morally and legally... Pakistan's fresh, wholesale concessions on CBMs will not bring results. India is content to keep on talking about modalities. Pakistan must now stop frittering away bargaining chips for nothing.

Pakistan's The Nation

Our Foreign Office spokesman Masud Ahmad Khan has said that Pakistan and India have agreed to start up a Muzaffarabad-Srinagar bus service. We believe that this bus service will be a means of transportation for Indian spies. If the government of Pakistan started up a bus service regardless of the wishes of Kashmiri leaders, the little bit of confidence left between the Kashmiri people and Pakistan would also disappear. Therefore, our government should not be trapped by India.

Pakistan's Nawa-i-Waqt

In the first round of talks between India and Pakistan, no agreement was made except to initiate the Muzaffarabad-Srinagar bus service. It was also said that Kashmir remained the central issue in these talks. But the question is whether we will ever hear any good and concrete news regarding the solution of this long, drawn-out issue.

Pakistan's Ausaf

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