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Secret diplomacy works for Indo- Pak issues

The arch-rivals India and Pakistan may rely on "secret diplomacy" to arrive at a deal on the vexed Kashmir dispute in a a move that emulates the path adopted by the Musharraf-Manmohan administrations to find an ‘out of box’ solution to the conflict that has sparked three wars between the two countries.

The two countries recently decided to resume peace talks with a new name – Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue – to discuss a range of issues from terrorism to Kashmir dispute. The report quoting its sources said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif have decided to use ‘back channels’ for in-depth discussions on Kashmir through their respective confidantes. Foreign secretaries will discuss Kashmir but their mandate will be restricted to necessary confidence-building measures (CBMs) for improving the atmosphere as well as situation along both sides of the Line of Control (LoC). “As far as the hardcore issues related to Kashmir are concerned, they will be dealt through backchannel talks,” it said while quoted one of an official source. "The two countries have had in the past used back channels to break a stalemate on Kashmir."

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