WITH India clearly not sincere about settling disputes with Pakistan, it is futile to set store by the Qureshi-Krishna talks being held at Islamabad today that they would lead to any meaningful outcome. New Delhi is interested in virtually restarting the whole process of negotiations, but that too after its demands on the issue of terrorism have been satisfied. These demands Islamabad would find hard to meet because of their illogical nature and India would have no compunction about insisting that they must be accepted, unless the ground reality that favours its adamant behaviour changes. To substantiate this point, one has only to quote Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit, who spoke to reporters on Tuesday, (the ministers will try) to work out the modalities of restoring trust and confidence in the relationship, thus paving the way for a substantive dialogue on issues of mutual concern. The conclusion is obvious: the painstaking efforts gone into the peace process that was interrupted in 2008, four years after it was started and during which period a series of confidence building measures had been taken and substantive discussion on certain issues had taken place, stand wasted. India wants to ditch the peace process that had reached a point where meaningful discussion on the core issue of Kashmir was on the cards. We are now back to square one This intransigent attitude of India has to be met with a firmer determination to secure the solution of all issues, the most urgent and vital being the Kashmir dispute, on the basis of justice and fair play. But the pity is that the present Pakistan governments intentions seem suspect. It tamely succumbed to the US pressure to hold talks with India without insisting on the recommencement of the stalled peace process. Nevertheless, one hopes that the Kashmiris tenacious resistance to brutal oppression, despite the loss of nearly a score of young men over the past one month, inspired Prime Minster Gilani to recall Pakistans principled stand and assure the people that it was committed to the cause of Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination. The Pakistan Foreign Minister must call for result-oriented talks on the Kashmir dispute, as his counterpart from New Delhi, taking advantage of the changed favourable scenario, is likely to insist on taking up cross-border militancy with reference, in particular, to Kashmir. We must keep rubbing in the legitimate distinction between a freedom movement and terrorism that, unfortunately, the Americans have tried to blur in their mad pursuit after terrorists. Mr Krishna ought to be told to realise that the demonstrations, protests and strikes and shutter-downs are a purely indigenous phenomenon, which can only go away with the grant of the right of self-determination.