18 August : India on Monday refrained from making any comment on the resignation of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, terming it as an "internal matter" of that country.
"We have no comments to make on the resignation of President Musharraf," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said when asked to speak on the latest development in Pakistan.
"This is an internal matter of Pakistan," he said.
India has been having a "comfortable" working relationship with the Musharraf regime, despite it having the military tinge.
New Delhi has been expressing satisfaction over its engagement with the Musharraf dispensation during which the relations saw a lot of improvement after the initial phase of bitterness and even a 10-month military stand-off.
Among the significant developments during Musharraf’s tenure were the border ceasefire in November 2003 and launch of the peace process and Composite Dialogue between the two countries in January 2004.
Under the peace process and composite dialogue process, a number of confidence building measures and other initiatives were undertaken successfully to improve ties.
Even cross-border infiltration had been under minimal during the later part of his term.
New Delhi, which is agitated at the renewed surge in infiltration and ceasefire violations by Pakistan, feels that it was easier to work with the Musharraf as it was a "single" power centre. DDINEWS