Good spirits and optimism were on display as the Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India, Yousuf Raza Gilani and Manmohan Singh, came out of their one-hour long meeting that took place between them on the sidelines of the 17th SAARC summit being held in Addu, Maldives, on November 10-11. However, notwithstanding their satisfaction expressed before the media, it seems that little of substance was achieved during their meeting. In all likelihood, it was nothing more than a reiteration of the respective stands of the two sides on the various issues of contention and an expression of intent to solve them. If, as Mr Gilani maintained, all the issues between them and he listed a whole lot of them, with Kashmir bringing up the rear, were discussed, the discussion can only have been perfunctory. The next round of talks to turn out to be more productive (and) more result-oriented were the consoling words of the Indian Prime Minister to the inquisitive minds among his audience. One could, however, detect the favour of according the Most Favoured Nation status by Pakistan to India, lurking behind Dr Singhs remark, We have wasted a lot of time in acrimonious debate, it is time to write a new chapter. New Delhis persistent effort to get that status has been no secret; for, that would open the floodgates of export of Indian goods to Pakistan, thus helping boost its industrial and agricultural growth. Islamabad had so far stalled for two very potent reasons: the unresolved dispute of Kashmir forcibly occupied by India; and the need to protect its own industry. But the governments turnaround should not suggest that it enjoys public support. It amounts to the betrayal of the Kashmir cause as well as the local business community. The presentation of a resolution at the UN General Assembly for the recognition of the right of self-determination as human rights was to assuage the perturbed feeling of the people of Pakistan and Kashmir. Of the same genre is the demand that the Security Council should be solving old and lingering issues, including Kashmir. The right of self-determination is a recognised principle that India is committed to accord to the Kashmiris. Instead of talking of a general principle, Islamabad should have urged the international community, which is also a party to the dispute, to compel New Delhi to honour its commitment. In any case, there is no justification for granting the MFN status to India without a result-oriented progress towards Kashmirs final dispensation. The point to note here is that despite the virtually perfidious move by the current Pakistan government, the people in Indian occupied Kashmir have not given up; the slogan of 'Pakistan Zindabad continued to resound in the valley on Eid day. That should be a lesson to India that for all the atrocities its security forces inflict on the people to keep its grip on them, they are determined to opt for Pakistan.