Swimming against the general tide of opinion in Pakistan on the recent foreign ministerial engagement with India, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that since the two countries are “at least interacting” on the core issues, the meeting should be seen as a “positive step.”

Mr. Malik tweeted his views around midnight on Sunday, hours after his Cabinet colleague and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi made it clear that he would go to India for further talks only if New Delhi was interested in a “meaningful and result-oriented” dialogue.

But Mr. Malik said in his posts on Twitter that the “roadmap of commitment and performance between me and [Indian Home Minister] P. Chidambaram is fully intact. Both will move forward in terms of delivery of commitments based on what we agreed.”

Tweeting on the general state of affairs between the two countries, Mr. Malik noted that “Pak-India talks should not be judged mathematically like 2+2=4 but be assessed with past political and diplomatic rival history of two countries in view.”

Mr. Malik — whose upfront style of functioning has often left the Foreign Office fuming — signed off his tweeting for the night, saying, “Let us sow seeds of love and peace so that future generations have only the option to reap love and nothing but love. Let us save our future generations from the disease of hate and terrorism."

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