It was this ethos of the larger good of the people of the subcontinent that prompted India to present a comprehensive agenda at the Summit of Agra.
From the high pinnacle of hope of the previous two days, the talks at the summit took a downhill path on the last day when the blaze of excitement whimpered to a pervading gloom as the fundamental differences over Kashmir and trans-border terrorism led to a total breakdown of the talks.
The territorial gains made in these wars were aborted for empty promises of establishing peace and tranquility in the region, at the Tashkand Summit and by the Shimla Agreement.
The Shimla Agreement bound the two countries not to resort to force for the settlement of the Kashmir dispute and termed the ceasefire line as the Line of control (LOG) distrust between the two countries persisted because Pakistan continued to amass weapons of mass destruction and nuclear warheads in its arsenal.
Simultaneously, it sent armed militants to Punjab and Kashmir for abetting violence and has also remained a subject of dispute between the two countries.
Talks over a “no-war-act” were put across to Pakistan by Pt.
There was much hype and hoopla as also great expectations to resolve the decades old Indo-Pak impasse when, on the initiative of India’s Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan Gen. An obsession that Pakistan and Pakistani leaders be they the civilian leaders or the four military dictators including the fourth military dictator-turned president Pervez Musharraf can hardly get over even after 54 years during which the world has changed a lot for the better.
Pervez Musharraf, failed to set a date with destiny. There is an expanding constituency of enlightened opinion across the subcontiental divide that would like India and Pakistan to enter the vast untraded territory of opening up the great frontiers of economic , cooperation, trade and commerce, promoting greater social and cultural interaction and getting to grips with a host of other problems that have a bearing on the Present and future of the people of both the countries.
Vajpayee knows that when he was shaking hands with the Prime Minister Mr.
Nawaz Sharif in Lahore early in 1999, the military was preparing for the conflict in Kargil.