In what signals the shift from 'no talk' policy with Pakistan, an Indian delegation comprising of former top bureaucrats visited Islamabad between April 28-30 to attend a meeting under the Neemrana Dialogue process - a track-II diplomacy initiative dating back to 1991-92.
The newspaper reported: "The original Track II initiative, Neemrana Dialogue, received a fresh start with a high-powered delegation of former Indian diplomats, military veterans and academics travelling to Pakistan to discuss ways to improve India-Pak relationship".
The Indian delegation was headed by former external affairs secretary and Pakistan expert Vivek Katju. Meanwhile, Pakistan was represented by former foreign secretaries Inam ul Haque and Ishrat Hussain, among others.
While like other track II mechanisms, Neemrana is also a non-governmental dialogue, which is very different from others in that both foreign ministries who shares some past association with themselves also.
Quoting sources, the report said India will wait to see the outcome of the upcoming elections in Pakistan before taking any call on official talks with Islamabad.
"There have been other track II initiatives but these were mostly funded by third parties".
Despite the meet holding relevance in the backdrop of the deteriorating ties between India and Pakistan, former Indian foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal says it would fail to "bring any significant result" at this point of time.
Pakistan at last chose to go ahead with Neemrana Dialogue, which finds its name from the Neemrana fort where it was first conducted in 1991-1992, earlier this year. "Both sides felt though that it was important to keep alive that tradition but I didn't go because I don't think it would yield significant results in the current circumstances", said Sibal.