Former foreign affairs minister Khurshid Mehmud Kasuri shared his side of ‘inside story’ of his first overt high-level political contact with Israel’s counterpart Silvan Shalom at Istanbul in 2005.

He was answering a question during a panel discussion on his newly-launched book – Neither a Hawk Nor a Dove: An insider’s account of Pakistan’s foreign relations including details of the Kashmir framework. Mani Shankar Aiyar – member of the Indian parliament and leader of the Congress party – was the main speaker on the book launching ceremony.