Indo-Pak talks: Hina Rabbani to lead delegation to India

Published: July 8, 2011
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She will become the youngest minister to represent Pakistan at the crucial talks.

She will become the youngest minister to represent Pakistan at the crucial talks.

ISLAMABAD: 

The foreign ministry on Thursday confirmed that the minister of state for foreign affairs would lead Pakistan at the ministerial-level talks with India later this month.

When Hina Rabbani Khar meets Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna in the last week of July in New Delhi as part of the ongoing peace process between the two neighbours, she will become the youngest minister to represent Pakistan at the crucial talks between the nuclear-armed countries.

It is not yet clear if 34-year-old Khar will formally be elevated to foreign minister. However, even if she is not, it is certain that she now enjoys the status of foreign minister.

Doubts have already begun surfacing about whether an inexperienced politician should be delegated the task of handling one of the most crucial ministries, especially at a time when it faces some of its toughest challenges yet.

The Press Trust of India recently quoted sources as saying that she is not being taken seriously in New Delhi.

The elevation of Khar, sources claimed, would suit the country’s security establishment as she is not perceived to be as independent-minded as her predecessor Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Qureshi resigned from the post in February after opposing the government’s policy in the Raymond Davis controversy.

At her weekly news briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua said the dates for a meeting between the foreign ministers of Pakistan and India were being finalised.“Hina Rabbani Khar will lead the Pakistan delegation at the talks with India,” she said in reply to a question.

Prior to the ministerial-level talks, the two foreign secretaries will meet to finalise the agenda, she added. She also told reporters that a meeting of working groups on confidence building measures between the two countries would take place in New Delhi on July 18.

The meeting seeks to strengthen and streamline the existing trade and travel arrangements across the Line of Control.

Pak-US Ties

Briefing the media about US- Pak relations, Tehmina insisted that relations between Pakistan and the US were back on track.

“I can say it clearly that the relationship is on track. There is an effort that is being made by both countries to work on the strategic dialogue process which has been undertaken by the two countries,” she said.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 8th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Rock
    Jul 8, 2011 - 10:00AM

    Why so much confusion? If hina rabbani is the minister of state for foreign affairs then who is foreign minister? how can a minister of state for foreign affairs enjoys the status of foreign minister? Is there any code of conduct in pakistan? It’s breaking news pakistan does not have any foreign minister as S.M. qureshi is resigned. funny. Recommend

  • dude
    Jul 8, 2011 - 1:47PM

    Woman power is good for both the countries. Woman has certain qualities like compassion and tolerance which are necessary in dealing with complex problems. All the best Nirupama and Hina.Recommend

  • Sadaf
    Jul 9, 2011 - 12:35AM

    @dude:
    This is a gender based stereotype. Just as harmful as treating women as unequal citizens. Perhaps it is easy to forget but India defeated and broken Pakistan apart during the leadership of a woman, Indira Gandhi. She also was ordered the attack on the Golden temple.

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