Mr Pankaj Saran, former Indian deputy national security adviser, said: “I think it’s a great sign. It just shows that India is actually in a position to deal across countries, across geographies, and is able to manage its differences with different countries.”
However, Dr Teesta Prakash, analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, believes the India-Pakistan relations “are a total impasse”.
“All trade and economic relations have been suspended. Will this visit make a difference? It seems unlikely to me because Delhi has very little expectations from it, and there are strong criticisms within Pakistan of Bhutto visiting New Delhi at this time,” she told CNA938 on Thursday.