Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khursid has expressed hope of the possibility of a new leaf of ties beginning from the next year followed up by his assurance that New Delhi would pursue result-oriented discussions over Kashmir and other outstanding issues with Pakistan. But how successful these talks would be can be gauged from the fact that immediately after making this announcement, he warned that those ‘statements on Kashmir’ that could stir up an unnecessary debate would also not be accepted. What he means, perhaps, is that India does not want to change its stand against a free and fair plebiscite under the UN auspices as stipulated by the relevant UNSC resolutions.

And as expected, he did not end his speech without reverting to the same old accusations of cross-border terrorism. So what has changed? Will this new chapter of bilateral ties that Mr Khursid has talked about fare any better than the composite dialogue that started in 2004 with much pomp and show. The answer appears to be in the negative. Despite years of efforts entailing photo-ops, exchange of pleasantries and joint-communiqués that sometimes carried lofty aspirations, all were for naught. If the intention is to repeat that same exercise, it would be wise to just boycott them. New Delhi must practically adhere to bilateral and international treaties and accords that it has promised to abide by.