The much awaited aviation talks between India and Pakistan have failed spectacularly with the Indian delegation walking out of the meeting within hours of their arrival in Islamabad.
The Pakistani side was unwilling to discuss India's demand that overflight rights to Indian carriers be granted prior to landing rights in India for Pakistani carriers. India currently has no restrictions on overflight by Pakistani carriers.
A spokesperson for the Indian delegation said that "Pakistan has entered these talks with a very negative mindset. Until that changes, we are not willing to resume bilateral discussions". He also publicly chastised the Pakistani delegation by saying "This is not a step by step process, this is half-steps".
The Pakistanis countered with a retort that "we don't care if this process takes forever because India's financial losses are ten times those of Pakistan".
The collapse of these talks is viewed as a very serious blow to the current peace process between the two countries. The Indian government has made it clear that it would not be willing to engage in high level discussions on the Kashmir issue until aviation links were sorted out.