PRIME Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's observation that Pakistan wants good relations with the neighbouring countries is the reiteration of our stated position. Addressing a Press conference in Karachi on Saturday that focused mainly on removing misperceptions about the enforcement of Shariah in Swat and explaining his government's policy on the War on Terror, he stressed the need for the resumption of CBMs between Islamabad and New Delhi. The PM went a little overboard saying that relations between the two South Asian countries had been improving until the Mumbai carnage had derailed the process. It was long before the terror strike in the Indian commercial capital that New Delhi started dragging its feet on reciprocating Islamabad's sincerity in resolving longstanding disputes. It remained reluctant to even accept any timeframe for the settlement of the Kashmir problem. There had been some easing of tension between the two countries since the beginning of the composite dialogue in 2002 but India was always trying to avenues for its escalation every time Pakistan sought the resolution of the core issue. Not just that its effort to fight terrorism were viewed with scepticism but it was subjected to intense finger pointing for harbouring extremists and exporting the scourge outside its borders. It became more evident after the Mumbai attacks within hours of which both the Indian government and its media started blaming Pakistani intelligence apparatus for sponsoring terrorism on its soil. The entire approach is based on diverting the world attention from the atrocities being committed in Kashmir against those struggling to liberate themselves from the shackles of the Indian occupation. As India is now going through the process of elections what keeps intriguing everyone's mind is how far these polls would alter the fundamental politics of the Held State and its relationship with New Delhi. That on the Pakistan-India front there could be a further dampening of relationship in case of a change of regime in New Delhi after the elections is something that cannot be easily ruled out. If the BJP wins it will take even longer to de-escalate the prevalent tension. The perception shared by India's political leadership and its media is that relations between the two countries could settle along the golden means of limited engagement on the basis of the extent to which New Delhi feels Islamabad is serious about fighting terrorism. Prime Minister Gilani should first try to understand the peculiar mindset, which pervades the Indian polity before placing much hope in the resumption of CBMs