Passport Row Still Main Roadblock Ahead Of PoK Bus
22 November 2004
The Times of India
New Delhi: Despite Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri's promise of getting Hurriyat leaders to be the first passengers on the proposed Srinagar-Muzzafarabad bus, the two countries are yet to work out the documentation issue - India is unlikely to come down from the passport demand and Pakistan shows no signs of accepting. On the pipeline, India's proposal for a reverse diesel pipeline is yet to be swallowed by Pakistan, though Pakistan petroleum minister Amanullah Jadoon and his Indian counterpart Mani Shankar Aiyar will have talks on the subject on Tuesday evening. India's Baglihar hydel project is a thorn in Pakistan's side and Aziz is certain to raise its objections. Pakistan has indicated it might get a World Bank expert to assess whether India was indeed violating the Indus Waters Treaty. That India still wants to play for the long haul was clear with foreign minister Natwar Singh saying: 'For us, the dialogue is a long drawn process and we want to carry forward the composite dialogue and I am sure so does the Pakistan leadership and we will convey this to the Pakistan Prime Minister.'