India and Pakistan announces 10-point Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue
India and Pakistan have agreed to resume structured dialogue between them through new 10-point Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue (CBD).
The 10-point CBD replaces earlier 8-point Composite Dialogue Process (CDP) structured dialogue which was also known as Resumed Dialogue.
In this regard, both countries have issued a joint statement after a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on the side-lines of Hearth of Asia Conference.
10-point Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue (CBD) includes
- Peace and security, confidence building measures (CBMs).
- Jammu and Kashmir.
- Sir Creek Boundary Dispute.
- Wullar Barrage/Tulbul Navigation Project.
- Economic and Commercial cooperation.
- Counter-terrorism, Narcotics control.
- People-to-people exchanges.
- Humanitarian issues.
- Religious tourism.
CBD includes all the eight elements of CDP and adds new two elements viz. Humanitarian issues and Religious Tourism in the agenda to make the peace process between both countries long lasting.
Joint statement issued also includes
- National Security Advisors (NSAs) of both countries to take forward talks on terrorism.
- Pakistan committed to expedite 26/11 Mumbai attacks trial.
- Secretary-level talks within stipulated time table.
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Pakistan in 2016 to participate in the 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit to be held in Islamabad.