It is heartening for every patriotic and peace-loving Pakistani to see the positive development of resumption of talks between Pakistan and India after a long hiatus. The much-needed dialogue process was stalled in wake of the audacious attacks on Mumbai last year (26/11) by terrorists that left at least 166 innocent people dead and hundreds more injured. India had accused Pakistan of sponsoring those attacks and facilitating the assailants to wreak havoc on the India, a charge vehemently denied by the Pakistani authorities. The two neighbouring countries have strained relations since the Partition of India in 1947. They have waged at least three wars against one another over different disputes including the Indian-held state of Jammu and Kashmir. There can be no two opinions about the tense relations between the two countries having implications on the entire region. So there has always been a desperate need for dialogue on longstanding issues to resolve them amicably. Sadly for the lovers of peace in two countries, a dialogue is generally illusive and difficult at best of times. India has always adopted an obnoxious and negative attitude towards Pakistan. The recent foreign secretary level talks held in New Delhi were nothing more than a photo session because nothing positive and meaningful came out of a dialogue that lasted barely two hours. India, as expected, remained adamant upon its previous stance that Pakistan should first 'do more to tackle the menace of terrorism before the composite dialogue could be resumed. Interestingly, India handed over two new dossiers to Pakistan regarding terrorists during this session of 'dialogue. There is outrage, disappointment and shock in Pakistan which regards itself a victim of terrorism and is doing all that is possible to eliminate terrorists from its soil. Some circles in Pakistan have been critical of India-Pakistan talks because they believe begging for dialogue would only strengthen the hand of India on strategic issues, be it water, Sir Creek, Kashmir or Indias interference in Balochistan. But one wonders if we cannot even make India to come to the negotiating table, how would we move forward to resolve our longstanding issues? -AAMIR SAEED, Islamabad, February 28.