Pakistan / by Alistair Galloway

December saw two unexpected meetings between the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan, and the relaunch of bilateral talks after a two year hiatus. In addition, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan launched an ambitious joint pipeline to alleviate South Asia's energy deficit. Afghanistan was persuaded at a conference in Islamabad to give talks with 'reconcilable elements' of the Taliban another go. The military has claimed that terrorism has decreased by 60 per cent, although there were two major attacks in the month of December. Relations between the central government and the southern province of Sindh were frayed by disagreements over the deployment of military rangers. Pakistan marked the first anniversary of the Peshawar school attack with national mourning and the cancellation of school for the day. The National Economic Council admitted that one in three Pakistanis does not have access to nutritious food.