‘Pakistan-India talks to focus on terrorism’

Published: June 21, 2011
Speaking to the media in New Delhi, Krishna said trust deficit between the two countries needed to be reduced.  PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Speaking to the media in New Delhi, Krishna said trust deficit between the two countries needed to be reduced. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE


Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Monday said that upcoming talks between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan will focus on terrorism, Express 24/7 reported on Monday.

Speaking to the media in New Delhi, Krishna said that the trust deficit between the two countries needed to be reduced.

Krishna said the issue of Tahawur Rana, who was recently declared not guilty in the Mumbai attacks case, as well as the “extradition of Dawood Ibrahim” will be discussed during the meetings.

India’s foreign secretary is due to visit Pakistan this week, the first formal talks between the two countries on their core dispute since the Mumbai attacks in 2008 froze their peace process. The talks will be held on June 23 and 24 in Islamabad.

According to The Hindu, Krishna termed the aggressive behaviour by Indian and Pakistani warships on the high seas as an “isolated” incident which “doesn’t help”. He said that he was optimistic of both sides clearing any “misunderstanding” that led to the two warships coming dangerously close to each other, The Hindu reported.

According to The Hindu, Krishna expressed his disappointment over the slow pace of the Mumbai attacks trial in Pakistan. “I think it is a sad commentary of what is happening there. Whatever occasion we get to interact with the leadership of Pakistan, we always convey that it is necessary that trial should be hastened,” he said.

“I hope Pakistan realises how serious is the Indian view on this particular question. Our trial has concluded and the appeal is pending with the Supreme Court. Whereas, the trial virtually has not even started in Pakistan,” the minister said.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson had earlier stated that the foreign secretaries’ meeting will not be allowed to discuss the issue of Mumbai attacks.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 21st, 2011.

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Reader Comments (81)

  • ashok sai
    Jun 20, 2011 - 12:10PM

    Correctly said Mr.Krishna, terrorism in Pakistan is like a hole in the vessel, so there is no point in pouring more water in the name of Peace talks.

    Let Pakistan fix its hole then we will talk about other matters, till then lets talk about “how to fix the hole on the vessel”.Recommend

    Jun 20, 2011 - 1:18PM

    There is a lot of criticism in India for resuming talks with Pakistan since the latter has done practically nothing which merits resumption of dialogue ie closing terrorists training camps, taking action against Mumbai accused and stopping cross-border terrorism. However, if Pakistan shows flexibility and sincerity of purpose on above issues, some break-through can be achieved but much depends on Pak military’s attitude. Recommend

  • Pakistani in US
    Jun 20, 2011 - 1:30PM


  • Paras Vikmani
    Jun 20, 2011 - 1:32PM

    Good statement by SM Krishna. Recommend

  • Waqas
    Jun 20, 2011 - 1:38PM

    Rightly said Krishna:

    Indian atrocities and state terrorism by security in Kashmir need be the core basis of all negotiations, Kashmir is the CORE issue between India and Pakistan and Indian terrorism perpetuated by its security forces is not acceptable to kashmiris and Pakistanis alike. Already more than 100,000 kashmiris have been killed due to Indian terrorism, NO MORE!


    @ Ashok

    This hole is not in the vessel but in the mind of Indians like you and this hole of ignorance, lies and deceit is growing by 25% every year, three times faster than your economy. The sooner you fill it, the better it will be for yourself and the world! Recommend

  • Usman
    Jun 20, 2011 - 1:39PM

    Pakistan is target of Terrorists not Hindia…

    GHQ attack, PNS mehran NAVY base attack are telling which country is behind…. Recommend

  • Waqas
    Jun 20, 2011 - 1:48PM

    @ JOHAR

    There is lot of criticism in Pakistan for holding talks with India, what has India done to show its sincerity and establishing peaceful relations with Pakistan. I say we scrap the talks until India shows it is serious in resolving issues and not pending and pending like it has done for past 64 years. Recommend

  • Rock
    Jun 20, 2011 - 1:51PM

    @Usman: You want usual answer for terrorist attacks it is RAW, MOSSAD and CIA behind every attack. If you want real answer then there is country called Mullastan behinds everything happening within pakistan. Now this “Mullastan” doesn’t have proper demarcation but its presence is in pakistan and afghanistan. Currently “Mullastan” doesn’t have any nation status but If you go with usual answer(RAW-MOSSAD-CIA), insha-allah you will see “Mullastan” as a nation in next 10 years. Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 20, 2011 - 2:00PM

    Yes , this is the only issue that should be discussed at present and leave the rest for later, as if the talks are to progress, than don’t even mention the K word, as they may save the time and money by cancelling these talks at the outset!!!!
    They also need a person endorsed by the GHQ in the Pakistan Delegation, as without, their participation, its all going to be waste of time anyway!!!Recommend

  • Neha Khan
    Jun 20, 2011 - 2:26PM

    I just hope he reads the right speech this time :))Recommend

  • Ashutosh
    Jun 20, 2011 - 2:29PM

    As you sow …Recommend

  • Shafique
    Jun 20, 2011 - 2:46PM

    yes … like the GHQ reiterated and strongly believes….. Pakistan Army = Friends with India + Friends with USA

    Enemy = unknown terrorists =)Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 20, 2011 - 2:49PM

    Judging by your comment, I assume you are still in denial mode as to who was responsible for the attacks !!! did you read anything about the arrests made in relation to PNS Mehran Attacks or for Lahore attacks on Sri Lankan Cricket Team???
    Wake up man!!!
    Pakistan is Victim of those that they breeded and supported for last two decades!!!!Recommend

  • Jhelum
    Jun 20, 2011 - 2:49PM

    @All Pakistanis:
    If Pakistanis are so much against the comments posted by Indians, then what are these Pakistanis doing here on ET? Why dont they visit some Pakistani website?Recommend

  • ashok sai
    Jun 20, 2011 - 2:53PM

    @Neha Khan:

    Hmm, that’s what happens when the talks are between a world power and a banana republic. Indian authorities pay little attention, I agree with you Neha Khan.Recommend

  • neha_dear
    Jun 20, 2011 - 2:55PM


    Indian politicians have some good mixture of decent educated politicians!!Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 20, 2011 - 2:56PM

    What sincerity would you like India to show?
    Check History first, India has never started any war with Pakistan, ever, it has always been Adventurism on Pakistan’s behalf!!
    What about Pakistan’s sincerity???
    Just what exactly have they done over past few years to eradicate terrorism or stopping crossing LOC to cause Mayham or attacks such as Mumbai, and why have the Culprits responsible been not dealt with yet????
    Don’t enlighten as to how your Judiciary work, we are well aware of its inability to do anything.
    So before one demands sincerity from others, one too has to be sincere first!!Recommend

  • Rock
    Jun 20, 2011 - 2:58PM

    @Neha Khan: He is a minister and not foreign secretary. And now onwards start following Indo-pak talks just like UN meeetings. By the way you have a secular name. Your 1st name is hindu and last name is muslim. Something like Ramrahim. :) Recommend

  • Abu Abdullah
    Jun 20, 2011 - 3:09PM

    Hey Krishna!
    We will talk to you once you stop terrorism and atrocities against innocent kashmiris, and give them their right to freedom. Until than …Yawns!Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 20, 2011 - 3:11PM

    …so shall you reap!
    Thanks for the admission by the way.Recommend

  • American
    Jun 20, 2011 - 3:13PM

    You are setting fire to your own home to claim insurance payments from Uncle Sam, and also to blame your neighbor ! Recommend

  • CPKS
    Jun 20, 2011 - 3:15PM

    there it goes…the talks de-railed even before they could start…LMAO..

    I love the Indo-Pak rivalry..it is amusing.Recommend

  • Waqas
    Jun 20, 2011 - 3:28PM

    India and Indians doing what they are best at!!

    Beating around the bush
    Talk Talk Talk and no action
    Lying though their teeth!!Recommend

  • Blithe
    Jun 20, 2011 - 3:31PM

    Yeah, on India’s 700k terrorists in Kashmir.Recommend

  • G. Din
    Jun 20, 2011 - 3:32PM

    @Neha Khan:
    “I just hope he reads the right speech this time :))”
    Touche! Although it is mortifyingly embarrassing, I hope so, too!Recommend

  • Generally kuch Kiyanahi
    Jun 20, 2011 - 3:38PM

    Whose fault is that?Recommend

  • HS
    Jun 20, 2011 - 4:05PM

    Should meet often and reslove all issues politcialy. Recommend

  • Waqas
    Jun 20, 2011 - 4:17PM

    @ Hedgfunder

    Of course! We see your sincerity on all levels. When you kill unarmed innocent Kashmiri youth, when you set fire to Muslims, when you attack Golden temple and kill sikhs, when you illegally take over Siachen, when you attack East Pakistan, when you mow down mosques, all are examples of your sincerity!

    Its actually an OVERDOSE of sincerity from India that we Pakistanis don’t know how to digest. You are so sincere to your own people (although i don’t believe Kashmiris are your people, but you do) that you can kill more than 1 lac of your own kashmirs, yes you are sincere!! How many Sikhs did you kill out of your sincerity?

    The latest episode of your ‘sincerity’ is the one that happened off Somalia. You didn’t pay for the ransom for your own countrymen, instead you started playing dangerous games with Pakistani frigate that was undertaking humanitarian work. I am truly impressed by your sincerity, A country who can be sincere with its own people, what sort of sincerity do we expect from it??

    You Indians can feed these lies to the rest of the world who don’t see India beyond the glitter of Bollywood. We see the true face of India, stop feeding us with lies.STOP LYING!Recommend

  • ashok sai
    Jun 20, 2011 - 4:33PM


    OBL is not in Pakistan !!!

    I agree, you got a national name for lying, DENIAL.Recommend

  • amoghavarsha.ii
    Jun 20, 2011 - 4:37PM

    The best people Pakistan Foriegn Minister can speak to solve all problems with India is Pakistan Army and there Heads.Recommend

  • Aftab
    Jun 20, 2011 - 4:53PM

    We are having talks to pressurize Pakistan and not to solve any issue, says Krishna!Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 20, 2011 - 4:57PM

    And what do you think ET is ? an indian newspaper lol ?? or do you even not see the website domain .com.pk ?

    These talks and so called confidence building measures (CBMs) are of no use if India isn’t going to solve the Kashmir issue according to will of Native Kashmiris (throw it in arabian sea or eat it all if they want or give it to Pakistan, what ever they want its their land)Recommend

  • Jun 20, 2011 - 5:09PM

    SARAY JAHAN KA DARD HAMARAAY (India) HEE KAY SEENAY MAIN HAY – India should mind her own business and keep her house (India) in order instead of giving such an irresponsible statement which is termed as interfering in to the internal matters of Pakistan.

    These peace talks are just white wash to gain political mileage and nothing else. No outcome so far as India’s motives are ulterior who cannot be trusted by Pakistan.

    Krishna you are not welcomed into Pakistan based on your irresponsible statement / utterness.


    Dr. Saleem Siddiqi

    Johannesburg – South AfricaRecommend

  • vasan
    Jun 20, 2011 - 5:14PM

    I think irrespective of the number of times posted by many Indian bloggers. Pakistanis cant read the fact that Kashmir is not their business. It never was, it never will be. Recommend

  • Aadersh
    Jun 20, 2011 - 5:55PM

    Well on one side they say India is victim of terrorism (for instance Mumbai attacks) & they blame Pakistan for any unfortunate incidence in India although time has proved that there had been Indians themselves involved in these terrorism acts like Samjhota express n etc etc….Anyhow now when same comes to Pakistan n we say that Pakistan has suffered more from terrorism…they say its our own production…Ha Haa!! C’mon how on Earth one can support terrorists against themselves?? It’s obviously our enemy involved in these attacks n V all better know who our enemy is…One thing all these Anti-Pakistanis should keep in mind that if Talibans are behind any attack in Pakistan we can’t deny the fact of they being supported by foreign agencies n proves about them has been aired on Pakistani news channels like AAJ TV etc many times which are more convincing than the stupid drama of Ajmal Kasab who was on JEHAD & pleading to BHAGWAN…Recommend

  • Utkarsh
    Jun 20, 2011 - 6:18PM

    All Pakistani readers plz go away from ET and leave us Indians aloneRecommend

  • dude
    Jun 20, 2011 - 6:18PM

    why not terrorism should be the part of talk..don’t we need justice to the people died in Mumbai attack? wasn’t it a coward attack on India. whatever denial mode you go, the world knows where is the center of terrorism.
    As long as Kashmir is concerned, yes its a part of the talks. And India has nothing to hide about Kashmir, it open the world to visit/observe/comment. India army is doing good work there by educating kashmir, helping them for jobs. Overall keeping peace. They have to be 24hour vigilant so that jihadis does’t cross the border and create problems there.
    and Election is a good example of people mood. It was world open election.Recommend

  • Pitchan
    Jun 20, 2011 - 6:28PM

    Ofcourse the domain name is Pakistani. But the question whether ET is Indian or Pakistani should be decided ACCORDING TO THE WISHES OF THE PEOPLE who read it. Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    Jun 20, 2011 - 6:30PM

    yes they should focus on indian terror in kashmirRecommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 20, 2011 - 6:41PM

    Ok where do you want to start!!!
    Kashmir!! Who brought the problems in kashmir in Past two decades?? Pakistan, and its proxy Jihadi grps created by its Army! to fight its War!! I recall having visited kashmir on various occasions for vacations and lived on Dal lake in Houseboats and the locals were very hospitable and appreciated the income they were generating from Tourism, which sadly has been lost due to Militants!!!! Ask your Army are they Prepared for referendum in Whole of Kashmir? The answer will be no as they are scared, that they may reject joining Pakistan and if they don’t opt for India , they certainly will want to have complete Independance from both!!
    Lets not discuss East Pakistan and what the Pak Army actually did , as the history which you have been taught is too distort from the actual facts, Just Google it and its all their!! The same goes for Siachen, check your facts please!!!
    You also forgot to mention Kargil? perhaps it was not very convenient on your part!!!
    In regards to Indian navy’s role in fight against the Pirates!! Once again, you have not done your homework, as They have been major players in Horn of Africa and actively stopped attempts and apprehended the pirates on numourous occasions !!!!! I don’t recall any attempts to stop or apprehend made by Pakistan Navy to this day, apart from escorting this Vessal!! Their presence is of little significance !
    My friend, do take an effort to do some basic homework on the History and some facts first. It helps to know facts not BS!!!Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jun 20, 2011 - 6:53PM

    You will never have peace with your neighbors unless you stop supporting terrorist – whats the purpose of negotiating with someone who uses non state actors to circumvent negotiated deals.Recommend

  • Rock
    Jun 20, 2011 - 6:59PM

    @Dr. Saleem Siddiqi: Lol stay in south africa. Krishna is not visiting pakistan its foreign secretary talk. Indian should talk on LET and other strategic assets of pak army. Don’t forget Mr. Salman Bashir is brother of pak navy chief Noman bashir. So lets here pak army’s view.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Jun 20, 2011 - 7:10PM

    @Pakistani in US:
    Your yawning has left your country the state it is in. Some more yawning and you will be “citizen of erstwhile Pakistan in US”Recommend

  • HS
    Jun 20, 2011 - 7:10PM

    India and Pakistan should resolve all disputes politically. Recommend

  • Mastana Mahi
    Jun 20, 2011 - 7:14PM

    @ashok sai:
    Hahaha..See Who is Talking? . Have you fixed your Hole of NEXALITES who have been pounding your security forces for years now and opened the entire Area for terrorism as RED CORRIDOR? OR you have resolved the Problem in Kashmir where half a Million army is stationed who kill innocent Kashmiris every day? We still did not say anything of your funding of the Tamil Tigers which terrorist State of India trained and financed in Sri Lanka. That comes under International State terrorism. I think its a quite a case for indictment . Or if it is Not enough , I will also remind you of Rogue and Terrorist elements in your own army who planted Bombs in India and in Samjhota Express to kill people on both sides while blaming Pakistan for it? That’s Your army. Go fill up those terrorism holes and give a clean and truthful explanation to the international community that as to why Your Govt. financed Terror across your borders for 30 long years? Answer those question to the world community first and compensate SriLanka for financial losses suffered by your State Terrorism before coming here and Giving Useless Bhashans. Go , do it and do not show up here until you finish the job you are asked t do. Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Jun 20, 2011 - 7:15PM

    Look yourself in the mirror man. Did you see the video of Karachi shooting and the pics of shooting of pregnant woman and children sometimes back by your “armed forces”. First put your house in order.Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 20, 2011 - 7:37PM

    Have considered the fact that Pakistani minds too suffer such holes, only larger and furthermore from cronic amnesia too, for over last 60 years !!!!Recommend

  • antony
    Jun 20, 2011 - 8:11PM

    Am all for no peace with pakistanis if they think terrorism can achieve Kashmir (Pakistan occupied kashmir) legally . IF they leave terrorism as a state policy then there is a chance of Pakistan retaining AJK . Else balochistan is on its way to become like bangladesh. Recommend

    Jun 20, 2011 - 9:18PM

    I think Pakistan and India should discuss Mumbai and end this blame game once for all.

    Both government should take steps to move forward from this hate and love relationship because we have already lacked behind. Time is running out but hardliners, who are in minority on both sides of border, continue to lead both countries and we nothing concrete in general.

    Bottomline is that India should leave Kashmir and Pakistan should leave Afghanistan. Recommend

  • let there be peace
    Jun 20, 2011 - 10:02PM

    Great idea! Yes let United Nations conduct REFERENDUM of ET visitorsRecommend

  • ashwin
    Jun 20, 2011 - 10:41PM

    India Pakistan Talks on Kashmir will lead nowhere,because Pakistan recently annexed Gilgit-Baltistan, Gifted a part of Kashmir to China, which is refereed to as aksai chin by china, Hindu population of Kashmir has been driven out of Kashmir because the terrorism sponsored by Pakistan which has changed the demographic of Kashmir.Now looking at all the complexities and Pakistan’s own internal problems we do not see Pakistan actually trying to resolving Kashmir, they are in the talks because of some US or EU pressure or maybe it is plain PR exercise.So until Pakistan gains control over it’s internal problems and is strong enough to negotiate with India,Pakistan hopes to keep the Kashmir issue burning because that is only issue which can help Pakistan bring India to a negotiating table, which we Indians realize.SO PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN GET A GRIP OF YOU’R STRATEGIC ASSETS. UNTIL THEN WE INDIANS WILL CONCENTRATE OUR ECONOMY,TARGET 9% GDP for the 20 YEARS.SO SEE AROUND AFTER 20 YEARS IF PAKISTAN IS STILL AROUND,NOT A PART CHINA. Recommend

  • Blithe
    Jun 20, 2011 - 10:54PM

    It’s not a fact; it’s your personal opinion.

    Let the 700,000 Indian terrorist soldiers leave to
    give way to a UN plebecite and we will
    see how the Kashmiris vote.Recommend

  • Romm
    Jun 21, 2011 - 2:25AM

    Rangers in Karachi are being tried. Has any Indian soldier been tried for killing thousands of kasmiri youth.
    Hope this time ur foreign secretary wil come prepared and won’t call Delhi for spoon feeding after every half an hour. U need to look for seasoned diplomat if u want to resolve the disputes to come out of historic confusions based on historic enslaved mindset. Coming unprapared or lack of diplomatic acumen would take u nowhereRecommend

  • Lahori
    Jun 21, 2011 - 3:36AM

    @FARHAN: You mean India should leave Kashmir and Pakistan should leave Balochistan? I will have what you had , haha!Recommend

  • delh_se
    Jun 21, 2011 - 3:47AM

    Voting under fear of terrorism from Pakistan and with absence of Kashmiri pundits who were terrorized and removed will still “may” result in Kashmir asking from freedom. So if you have any dream that they will choose to join Pakistan it will be just your wishful thinking. Also when you say let the UN held plebiscite I hope you mean the whole of Kashmir and not just Indian Kashmir. Still there is no verification source the people participating in plebiscite are original inhabitant. World is aware of this situation and hence they have already moved away from this option but Pakistan is still in 60 year old wishful thinking that they will gain Kashmir from plebiscite. Dream on dude. BTW please check that it was not that UN imposed the plebiscite option, Nehru suggested that we should held plebiscite at mutually agreeable condition, which is ofcourse always been difficult with Pakistan. When your country will stop listening to your army and ISI, you will start gaining more wisdom, until then you will remain in state in Denial and your future generations will still carry on the same wishful thinking as you do. Truth is you started Kashmir fire as a reciprocation to your own loss of Bangladesh. Your military did good job brainwashing your already economically unstable citizens with India Paranoia and gave you a hopeless life long dream of Kashmir. So the theme of Pakistan is “We lost Bangladesh so we will do everything and anything to get Kashmir”. Dream on.Recommend

  • delh_se
    Jun 21, 2011 - 4:31AM

    @All Pakistani brothers – May this article open your eyes

  • asif
    Jun 21, 2011 - 6:12AM

    Indians/Hindus: here is the bottomline – no matter what happens in Pakistan, we have zero tolerance for obnoxious sarcasm/uppity behaviour from you because we don’t have very high regard for paganism – we brought light to the ‘Area of Darkness’. So save your breath, you cannnot cower us, you will not change our opinion of you anytime soon. Humanely, solve Kashmir problem and move on with you high growth rate or whatever else that obsesses you. Recommend

  • Arindom
    Jun 21, 2011 - 6:28AM


    SM Krishna should also include referendum on Independence of Balochistan in the talks.Recommend

  • Kanishka
    Jun 21, 2011 - 7:02AM

    India not only owns Kashmir, but the entire Indus Valley….and Pakistaniis are illegal occupants of our holy land…. I am sure Pakistani’s are atleast taught that much history in their Madrassa’s….Recommend

  • vasan
    Jun 21, 2011 - 7:17AM

    Mastana Mahi : Your knowledge about current affairs in India and Pakistan are absolute Zero. Would u pl start from pre school and learn??
    India wants to talk to Pakistan about terrorism originating in pakistan and affecting India. India does not want to talk about terrorism originating in Pakistan and affecting Pakistan or Afganistan. It is your own business or Afganistan’s business. We have nothing to do with it. Whether u want to govern your country with Army/ALLAH/America or TTP or Maulvies is least interesting to India. India is interested only when it affects India, Get it??
    Now would u keep your punky head out of the affairs of India like Naxalites etc. We know how to handle it and we will. What happened to Khalistan movement, ULFA, LTTE etc. Havent we solved without any major violence and mishaps. Infact except LTTE everything else was supported by Pakistan and that is the biggest problem. Pakistan does not stop poking its nose into other countries, Be it Iran, Afganistan or India.
    Pakistan could not solve one problem since its inception, eg: the mysterious murders of its leaders starting from Liaquat ali khan or Zia or BB etc. There never was a smooth transition of power from one party to another. It is always via the army. Pakistan always dependent on foreign aid to military and civil admin, These are some of the facts of Pakistan which require your attention and we will not discuss these in the foreign sec’s talks. So you and the terrorists first get off from India’s back and mind your bloody business before advising India.
    Blithe : What I stated is the reality. Pl go thru the recent surveys about Kashmiris opinion before aspiring for it. Plebiscite is impossible in the current circumstances because the demography in POK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) has changed with all the punjabis and mohajirs settled there while in India the native pundits have been driven out by the muslim kashmiris with terrorists’ support and pakistan support. Part of Kashmir is given away to China by Pakistan. Unless these are reversed, which is impossible, forget about plebiscite and learn to live with your current moth eaten Pakistan Recommend

  • no aman ki aasha nor war
    Jun 21, 2011 - 7:24AM

    why should we hear from PAKI’s who always backstabbed….how can we beleive now that they will not ethnic cleanse all those muslims who want to be with INDIA…. we all know what kind of ppl these country men are…i was not this hardned before..but after seeing the hatred here, i feel its better to ignore this country called MULLASTAN/PAKISTHAN and lets concentrate building our country and hang any kasab if he ever comes to india …. first with the current kasab…

    i dont understand how can they keep a DON from mumbai in Karachi and still say they are angels…shame on themRecommend

  • no aman ki aasha nor war
    Jun 21, 2011 - 7:26AM

    ET is also one more fake paper i guess…they dont publish my comments…they can publish hate messages of india, but not pakistan..wah re wah mere sherRecommend

  • Hindu
    Jun 21, 2011 - 8:57AM

    Why dont you give back “your Occupied Kashmir” and “your gifted Kashmir” (in case you havent read your history books, please go through it again) and then lets do a plebicite. Why cant you understand that before the plebicite is held you guys have to go back to pre 1947 location. Recommend

  • Abu Abdullah
    Jun 21, 2011 - 10:13AM

    I pity your ignorance, if Hindus of Kashmir were driven out of Kashmir due to “terrorism” by Muslims, by these standards why haven’t all the Muslims of Kashmir fled Kashmir after 100,000 killings, uncountable atrocities and rapes by 700,000 thousands strong Indian Army?

    And to your disappointment Pakistan has been and inshaAllah will always be there, but with 200 + movements in India i am not too sure of your future or 20 year GDP projections.Recommend

  • Abu Abdullah
    Jun 21, 2011 - 10:17AM

    You know whats! that is exactly what your problem is, you (Indians) can’t help poking your nose in others’ maters.
    Just a couple of Dozen of BLF “Goons” in Baluchistan, sponsored by INDIA don’t matter at all.Recommend

  • Abu Abdullah
    Jun 21, 2011 - 10:22AM

    If its yours, Why don’t you come and take it :) if you know what I mean. Recommend

  • ashok sai
    Jun 21, 2011 - 12:29PM

    @Abu Abdullah: on Hindu

    Same way, why don’t you come and free Indian Kashmir, you too know, what I mean :)Recommend

  • Ashutosh
    Jun 21, 2011 - 2:04PM

    …….so shall we reap. Let us see what are we reaping in the Kashmir Valley:

    Quote from a June News Paper:

    “The Boulevard Road around famed Dal Lake is chock-a-block. Traffic jams are hated everywhere but Chief Minister Omar Abdullah feels delighted to watch long queues of held-up cars on this famed road which connects with the bewitching Mughal gardens and imposing Zabarwan hills. “I would rather be stuck in a traffic jam than be confronted with deserted roads, which signify empty hotels, desolate shikaras and languishing shops,” he said at a recent get-together.

    Ironically, this was the state of tourism industry for three consecutive previous years. The hosts have left no stone unturned to welcome the guests. This year, another five star property was added by the Taj Group to meet the demands of high-end tourists. The year has been dedicated to “adventure tourism” with mountain trekking, water rafting and river cruises on the circuit. The river cruise on the refurbished part of the Jhelum, through the heritage-rich old city of Srinagar, was reintroduced after more than a century. The tourism infrastructure at Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Yusmarg and other famed resorts is on a gradual development. ”

    That is a wonderfful harvest .. is it not?

    Encouragingly, there appears to be a consensus in Kashmiri society on supporting peace and development. Across the board, resentment prevails against shutdowns and turmoil. “We are fed up with prolonged strikes. Our economy is in tatters. We cannot afford another dull tourist season,” said Muhammad Ashraf, a shawl trader in old Srinagar. The separatist leaders like Syed Ali Geelani and Muhammad Yasin Malik have declared their decision to desist from prolonged shutdowns to ensure hassle-free tourist season. Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora was quick to welcome the separatists’ outlook. Recommend

  • Ashutosh
    Jun 21, 2011 - 2:18PM

    @Dr. Saleem Siddiqi:
    You are in South Africa so probably have better educated than an ordinary Pakistani about India and Pakistan.

    India is the the is land of opportunities and one of the fastest growing economy of the world. Where as …uh !Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 21, 2011 - 4:12PM

    Yes i read this article last night, and its so strong and well written , sadly i feel that its beyond the interlectual capacity of the majority that really needs to read it, I also noticed that at the time there were only 5 comments on an article which i would class as one of the most important for the coming years too!!!!Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 21, 2011 - 4:14PM

    And keep dreaming about Kashmir, as that will not happen too! and perhaps may you return to stone age as you so much desire!!!Recommend

  • G. Din
    Jun 21, 2011 - 4:31PM

    @ashok sai:
    …Same way, why don’t you come and free Indian Kashmir, you too know, what I mean :)”
    It is not as if they haven’t tried – by the last count quite a few rimes. It is just it doesn’t take them more than a few days that their army loses wind. Now, the “bravest” army in the world has lost all hope after 1971 and has been outsourcing its military-related activities to terrorists to concentrate its attention to what it does best – be a “baniya” and enjoy life by sucking blood out of Pakistani tax-payers!Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jun 21, 2011 - 4:34PM

    You are wasting your breath on this Audience as they simply lack a clear understanding in regards to Kashmir!
    I have Mirpuri friends in london and i can assure you that none of them want anything to do with Pakistan as they know that over last 60 years they have done nothing for AJK, and this is a very properous community due to their business instincts and are successful too!
    I have actually visited Mirpur district and can vouch that the principal reason its got good structure is purely due to those of them that live abroad and provide for their extended families and build their houses shopping malls etc… Not because of the state!!!
    The Govt of Pakistan or its Army can simply not afford to offer them referendum, as it would be disaster for them and they know that too!!!!
    Their Policy is simple, keep playing Kashmir Card and its already passed its sell by date with all western leaders as we all know it! The final nail in that coffin was Placed by Obama, when he made it clear that its an issue that the countries concerned will have to deal with, without US acting as go between !!!!!
    Sadly these people still don’t get the message!!!Recommend

  • Cosmo
    Jun 21, 2011 - 5:32PM

    The truth is you are target of your own terrorism.Recommend

  • proud_yankee
    Jun 22, 2011 - 3:46AM

    @asif: But dear, you are in corner.Recommend

  • Veebee
    Jun 22, 2011 - 8:12AM

    I seriously don’t understand why India shows so much tolerance with pakistan.. the next time an attack happens, we should just start drone attacks the very same way the US does.

    Enough Gandhigiri on our part. Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Jun 22, 2011 - 9:21AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.At least Indian leaders’ hidden and real intention has been disclosed that they have discharged the most core and burning Kashmir issue from the peace talks.By the way when the Kashmir issue was top agenda to be discussed to resolve on priority basis sincerely and honestly in peace talks between Pakistan and India by Indian leaders?This Indian leaders’ hypocritical attitude has been proven that India is insincere and dishonest to resolve Kashmir issue through peace talks and if our corrupt,beggars,slaves and coward leaders don’t under understand Indian leaders’ hypocrisy in regard of Kashmir issue now then when shall understand?How much more innocent Kashmiris shall be killed by the brutal and cruel Indian forces,how much more Kashmiris’ properties shall burnt,how much more women shall be raped and how much more children shall be orphaned by the brutal and cruel Indian forces?Recommend

  • Manish Bathla
    Jun 25, 2011 - 1:11AM

    Going by all the comments above I guarantee that this process will derail too.Recommend

  • Khuda ki Basti
    Jun 30, 2011 - 9:34AM

    Stop sending Indian terrorist agents and their financiers into Pakistan’s borders under the name of trade and friendship. Do not under estimate the brave and smart Pakistani public that has been victimised by India for so many decades. Stop the Indian propaganda machine of lies and deception!! Recommend

  • Bijlee
    Jun 30, 2011 - 10:58AM

    The more India tries to bury the Kashmir issue, the more Alive it will get! It can never be killed. The only way to sincere lasting peace is to honor the UN Kashmir resolution like honest human beings and then only Pakistani people will trust India and have lasting peace. Simple as that. Every other talk is nothing but Fluff.Recommend

  • HaanJi
    Jul 1, 2011 - 12:35AM

    Peace = Discussing the real issue = Kashmir
    Lets not beat around the bush. Yawn.Recommend

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