The Water Secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet in Islamabad for talks on the Wullar Barrage/Tulbul Navigation Project from May 11 to May 14 as part of the resumed dialogue process between the two countries, the Pakistan Foreign Office announced late Tuesday night.

Earlier in the day, reacting to renewed demands from India for action against India-specific terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir described it as a familiar but outdated line. “It is some part of the old system repeating itself.”

Referring to the recent round of discussions between the two Home Secretaries and Commerce Secretaries as “good meetings”, Mr. Bashir added that the demand from India in the wake of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s killing was “a line of thinking mired in a mindset that is neither realistic nor productive”.

Stating that such statements are not very helpful, the Foreign Secretary asserted Pakistan’s resolve to continue to approach such issues with a spirit of confidence in itself.