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Pakistan's first female foreign minister visits India

South Asian nations look to breathe fresh life into peace process still stifled by trauma of 2008 Mumbai attacks

Pakistan's first female foreign minister visits India
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar waves upon her arrival at Air Force station in New Delhi on July 26, 2011. The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan will hold peace talks in New Delhi overshadowed by triple bomb blasts in Mumbai and intense media interest in Islamabad's new top diplomat. They will be the first foreign minister-level discussions between the nuclear-armed neighbours and arch-rivals for a year (AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistan's first female foreign minister visits India
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar (R) shakes hands with Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna (L) prior to a meeting in New Delhi on July 27, 2011. India suspended contacts with its arch-rival after the attacks and their peace dialogue has struggled to gain any real traction since its formal resumption earlier this year in an atmosphere of mutual recrimination and mistrust (AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistan's first female foreign minister visits India
Senior Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Indian party leader L. K. Advani (R) presents a bouquet of flowers to Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar (L) prior to a meeting in New Delhi on July 27, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistan's first female foreign minister visits India
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar (C) speaks to the press as she arrives at Air Force station in New Delhi on July 26, 2011. Top diplomats from India and Pakistan met in New Delhi to prepare the ground for the first foreign minister peace talks in a year between the nuclear-armed neighbours (AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistan's first female foreign minister visits India
Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna (L) walks with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar (R) prior to a meeting in New Delhi on July 27, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistan's first female foreign minister visits India
Chairman of Kashmir's hardline faction of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani talks with the media outside the Pakistan High Commission following a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in New Delhi on July 26, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistan's first female foreign minister visits India
Chairman of Kashmir's moderate faction of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq talks with journalists outside the Pakistan High Commision following a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in New Delhi on July 26, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistan's first female foreign minister visits India
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar (R) addresses the media as Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna (L) looks on prior to a meeting in New Delhi on July 27, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistan's first female foreign minister visits India
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar arrives at Air Force station in New Delhi on July 26, 2011. The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan will hold peace talks in New Delhi overshadowed by triple bomb blasts in Mumbai and intense media interest in Islamabad's new top diplomat (AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistan's first female foreign minister visits India
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar (L) arrives at Air Force station in New Delhi on July 26, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)