Mumbai attacks: Pakistan asked to probe ‘official complicity’: Krishna

Minister says he conveyed displeasure over Khar’s meeting with APHC leaders.

Aditi Phadnis August 04, 2011


In a bid to sell the ongoing Pakistan-India dialogue to the Indian parliament, Foreign Minister SM Krishna told fellow lawmakers that visiting Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar had been informed how unhappy India was at her meeting with leaders of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) during her recent visit, before the bilateral meetings took place.

India also asked Pakistan to act on the dossiers regarding seven individuals suspected of being involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks and the need to provide voice samples, he said.

“Pakistan was asked to investigate the links with some elements in the Pakistani security agencies that had emerged from the evidence presented in the Tahawwur Rana trial in the United States,” Krishna told the Indian lawmakers.

“I called for credible and effective action against jihadi leaders such as Hafiz Saeed and terrorist groups such as Jamaat-ud-Daawa and Lashkar-e-Taiba,” he added.

At the beginning of every session of parliament, it is obligatory for the foreign minister to brief the legislators about the visits of important dignitaries in the inter session period.

Krishna told the lawmakers that the dialogue with Pakistan was moving forward briskly after the meeting of the two foreign secretaries in February 2011 in Thimphu, Bhutan.

India wants to reduce the trust deficit with Pakistan and move forward in a friendly manner, Krishna said. “I conveyed [to Pakistan] that India desires a stable and prosperous Pakistan, acting as a bulwark against terrorism, at peace with itself and with its neighbours,” he added.

Krishna’s statement will be considered the authoritative account of the meeting of the two ministers and will put parliament’s stamp on the resumed dialogue.

Appeasing the hawks

To appease the hawks in the house, Krishna said that he had asked Pakistan about the fulfillment of the commitments made during the home/interior secretary level talks in March 2011 on the trial and investigation, going on in Pakistan, in the Mumbai attacks case.

“According to her, Pakistan was not trying to abdicate responsibility,” Krishna said.

“On her meeting with the Hurriyat leaders, she informed me that Pakistan wanted to engage all stakeholders,” Krishna told the MPs.

On Jammu and Kashmir, the approach is to increase convergence and reduce divergence, Krishna said. He added that it was a matter of satisfaction for India that Pakistan had acknowledged the need to grant the most-favoured nation (MFN) status to India which would also help expand bilateral trade relations.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th, 2011.


Aqib | 11 years ago | Reply

@Rock: "Indians are united are you united like Indians?"

You have been fed with propaganda from Shiv Sena and other fanatical organisations, as your Pakistaniphobic comments suggest all around the site, A long time ago, I remember during my visit to London, UK, my interaction with a couple of Punjabi-speaking Sikhs. They were originally from Canada and were on a tour to UK. After a while, we got talking and I reemember bringing up the subject of how frequently they visited India. During that discussion, I saw firsthand how they expressed their distaste of India and wish to seperate. The scars of the 1984 riots were still fresh in most of them; they told me how their womenfolk had been raped, children and babies burned alive and men shot mercilessly. They vehemently supported the idea of Khalistan and said it was their dream that Punjab be split from India. They said they silently supported and sent funds to Khalistan organisations based in Indian Punjab.

Again, these are just a sample of Sikhs whom your state has neglected and who are hell bent on carving out a country of their own and achieve freedom. The UK is also flooded with Kashmiris, many of whom I also met. It doesn't take a genius to figure out what many of them think about your beloved India.

You can continue to live in your grand mode of delusion and artificial sense of patriotism. But remember, these countries are still fighting for freedom and if lucky, will achieve independence. It is better for you and other Indians to come back to reality and see what u really mean. So mr hedgefunder, who's being the incredible fool in denial here?

So much for your unification comment. Most Indians are probably only good at unifying on Pakistani online news websites :)

It may also interest you to note that how those same Sikhs also pointed out that most of the Indian armed forces are made up of Punjabis. If Khalistan really becomes independent, you would know what would become of your army. So better to fix up the issues and reconciliate with the Sikhs. Else wait for your country to disintegrate.


Hedgefunder | 11 years ago | Reply

@Incredible: Tell the fool to check it out as to progress, both economically and socially that Country has made too!!!!

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