Terrorism a concern for Pakistan as much as it is for India: Foreign Secretary

Published: October 5, 2013
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Foreign Secretary says blame is not the solution to the problem. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Foreign Secretary says blame is not the solution to the problem. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani said that terrorism is a concern for Pakistan as much as it is for India, and blame is not the solution to the problem, Express News reported on Saturday.

He also said that Mullah Baradar has not been given to any country.

Mullah Baradar is the Afghan Taliban second-in-command who was released by Pakistan on September 21.

“Pakistan is in favour of the peace talks between Afghan government and Afghan Taliban and will provide support regarding the negotiations,” he added.

Background

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on October 4 had accused Pakistan of slipping into the dangerous orbit of terrorism and called upon the neighbouring country to stop the export of state-sponsored terrorism to India.

“Terrorist activities must be curbed. And state-sponsored terrorism can never be accepted,” Mukherjee had said.

The Indian leader’s remarks came in an interview with Euronews ahead of his visit to Belgium. “Therefore, we have repeatedly been asking (Pakistan) to dismantle the terrorist outfits which are located in their area,” he said.

In response to the allegations, Pakistan’s Foreign Office issued statements condemning terrorism in any form and said that nations had to work together to eliminate militancy.

“Nations need to work together to defeat this common enemy,” said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry in response to Mukherjee’s  interview.

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  • Someone
    Oct 5, 2013 - 2:30PM

    Before that, India must stop single-handedly all export of its terrorism industry in Balochistan (which Pakistan is containing on its behalf) and must also unconditionally hand over Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan. As long as that does not happen, these news headlines will continue for the next 50 years even. Pakistan will continue to bleed India internally if India’s approach to terrorism continues like this.

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  • Asif
    Oct 5, 2013 - 2:33PM

    Have you ever wondered that despite India’s consistent shor machao approach and loud rhetoric, Pakistan’s response is always calculated? What it shows is that India’s rhetoric has little credibility in front of Pakistan and Pakistan does not show any hoot to India’s claims. India’s position has become nuisance value just like the country itself. Pakistan will continue to support Kashmir’s self-determination as long as India continues its export of state terrorism into Balochistan and against Kashmiris and continues its illegal occupation of Indian occupied Kashmir.

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  • Fahad
    Oct 5, 2013 - 2:35PM

    Express Tribune hasn’t mentioned the part where Jilani mentioned during the press conference how Pakistan’s concerns over Balochistan were raised against India during the meeting in New York.

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  • LeT mujahid
    Oct 5, 2013 - 2:37PM

    We want unconditional freedom of Kashmir from India. India’s stance on terrorism will not be accepted in Pakistan, at the same time we will do everything to promote Kashmir’s self-determination from India.

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  • Pukthunyar
    Oct 5, 2013 - 2:41PM

    Mr Mukherjee, can you answer simple question, that why despite Bangladesh becoming a country, most Bangladeshis don’t like India? Same also goes for Sri Lankans, Nepalis that I have met, most have negative opinion of India and view it as an unneccessary irritant that just has to be put up with every now and then. I am a Pakistani Pakhtun by the way. Other than India’s anti-Pakistan rhetoric, most Afghans (Pakhtuns included) also have little in common with Indians.

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  • Latif
    Oct 5, 2013 - 2:47PM

    India’s rhetoric has little importance in Pakistan and is of nuisance value. This can be judged by Pakistan’s usual calculated response, which largely ignores the extremist rhetoric in India.

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  • Someone
    Oct 5, 2013 - 2:50PM

    Terrorism is a problem for both countries- that statement is absolutely true for 2013.
    If we dig deeper,one state nursed a pet for 30 years to bite it’s neighbour. Now the pet has grown up and biting the hand that fed it. It bites the neighbour too occasionally.
    Pakistan fell into the ditch,it dug for infidel neighbours.
    So the pet is a problem for both countries.
    Pak Army will not destroy the Taliban,even though it has the capacity to,because,the little pet is it’s strategic asset too.
    With this genial attitude towards former pets-terrorism is here to stay…and grow.Recommend

  • Aakashvaani
    Oct 5, 2013 - 3:23PM

    @LeT mujahid: We want unconditional freedom of Balochistan and Kashmir from Pakistan. Pakistan’s stance on terrorism will not be accepted in India, at the same time we will do everything to promote Balochistan’s self-determination from Pakistan. I spent just a quarter of the effort you spent in typing that message. Its funny how great minds think alike!
    @Latif: Nuisance value! If Pakistan wasn’t a nuisance value, Pakistan would no value at all. Seriously, nobody in the whole entire world gives two hoots about Pakistan except the three countries that Pakistan shares its border and that too for reasons, you know best. India on the other hand is a economic and military powerhouse, so realistically you can’t even dream about ignoring India unless you are just going to live under a stone.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Oct 5, 2013 - 3:29PM

    Pakistan is the real target of terrorism by your “friends”,see the number dead,how can you equate Mr Foreign Secy Pakistan with India,the irony is you people so far not understood double gaming of USA/UK/India with us.Better weigh your words before you speak.For a change become selfish and nationalist.

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  • Curious
    Oct 5, 2013 - 4:41PM

    So many unhelpable morons!! comments here show there is zero hope for Pakistan to survive.

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  • Water Bottle
    Oct 5, 2013 - 4:44PM

    @Someone:

    “Before that, India must stop single-handedly all export of its terrorism industry in Balochistan (which Pakistan is containing on its behalf) and must also unconditionally hand over Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan. As long as that does not happen, these news headlines will continue for the next 50 years even.”

    Good one.

    But the question is, in the next 50 years, which country will be reporting this news? Republic of Balochistan? Republic of Pakhtunistan? Republic of Sindhudesh? or Shariat republic of Punjabistan?Recommend

  • Syed Jalal Kashmiri
    Oct 5, 2013 - 4:48PM

    India is fighting Kashmiri mujahideen who are sick of the inhumane and violent treatment of Kashmiris and the disrespect of Islam by Indian government and military. Blaming Pakistan is easy, but did you ever once think this is due to your discriminatory policies against Kashmir’s 95% Muslim population and suppression of their rights. 66 years and Kashmir is still not in normalcy. The situation in Kashmir has changed and we have taken the matter into our own hands for freedom. The help of Pakistan and any Muslim country is always appreciate to for Kashmiris to get freedom. Love to Pakistan, from Kashmir.

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  • arun
    Oct 5, 2013 - 4:50PM

    Pakistani news becomes boring without bomb blasts targeting security personnel, naval bases, IsI offices, army assets, and police personal shot dead, also FIA which is, and was investigating 26/11 in a very slow manner has learnt a lesson, edhi ambulances running helter skelter searching for remains will again be in news if Pakistani army tries anything funny in J & K. Pakistan can not afford to get into arms race, it would end up becoming the next North Korea. Pakistan needs to work more on internal security, before it fully sinks.
    If a conventional war is declared, India will reply in the same manner. If a proxy war is declared by carrying out attacks on Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan will get the same response, difference is India would carry on and conduct World cups, f1race, commonwealth games and othe major achievements, wheras Pakistan will bleed.

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  • arun
    Oct 5, 2013 - 5:04PM

    @Someone:
    India will deal with it. We would’nt mind even if Pakistan bleeds us our economic condition would not be impacted in any way. We have continued to receive fdi’s and have also some of the best MNC’s of Indian origin, we have even conducted cwg, world cup f1race and many more events of international acclaim. But, when Pakistan bleeds the fun is it never ends. Its like HIV one day Pakistan internally faces sectarian violence, next day bombings, police men isi assets, navy base just to name a few and how can I forget the Pakistani army which is dying a dogs death

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  • tanu
    Oct 5, 2013 - 5:11PM

    @Someone:

    You are bleeding your own self! 50,000 killed since 9/11 and counting. Keep living in fools paradise soon you will implode under the weight of your own sins. India is not bleeding. Instead seek forgiveness from your Allah before it is too late.

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  • Latif
    Oct 5, 2013 - 5:26PM

    @Aakashvaani: Dude, we’ll look at the world later, first look at your neighbourhood where no one gives a hoot about India. From Bangladesh to Sri Lanka to Nepal to China to Pakistan, everyone gives you the middle finger. Talk about the world later.

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  • Someone
    Oct 5, 2013 - 5:29PM

    @Aakashvaani: Your comment shows the delusions of grandeur that Indians are spoonfed. No wonder that the country is a huge slum.

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  • unbelievable
    Oct 5, 2013 - 5:33PM

    and blame is not the solution to the
    problem

    Assigning responsibility for who’s causing terrorism is a necessary step in stopping terrorism. Pakistan wants to be treated with respect and as an equal – but never wants to accept responsibility for it’s actions.

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  • Komal s
    Oct 5, 2013 - 5:42PM

    This is exactly the reason everybody in India feels that there is no need to talk to Pakistan as there is no fundamental movement in the thought process about terrorism emanating from Pakistan. All the comments points to a complete denial and maybe it is best we both stop talking and deal with our issues as we deem fit.

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  • Brookside
    Oct 5, 2013 - 5:47PM

    @Pukthunyar: Mr Mukherjee won’t answer you but I have answer for you . You should have asked one question to most of people from countries you claim to have met . If they would like to go to Pakistan or India , It would have satisfied your inquisitiveness about India being irritant . For us Indians, Sri Lankans, China, Nepalese or Bangladeshis it is Pakistan which is major irritant and source of headache for almost whole of the world . Yes! China is new entrant in this category . Just days back there was report in Pakistan news papers that China is closing its border with Pakistan for 10 days . Indians don’t have anything to do with Pakistan, no territorial expansion plans..nothing . Just concentrate on your country and stop meddling in affairs of other countries.

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  • Ahmed
    Oct 5, 2013 - 6:22PM

    As India is losing in Kashmir, so it using it every dirty trick to create negative image of Pakistan. It is paying foreign newspapers to carry negative articles about Pakistan. It working with MI5 and Moassad to carry out false flag terror attacks.

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  • BORHAN AHMED
    Oct 5, 2013 - 6:36PM

    Nothing new in your denial,everybody in the world knows that Pakistan is the epicenter of terrorism.Pakistan would be well advised to mend its fences,unless these devils whom you are patronizing would bring you to the ground.

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  • LaLaki
    Oct 5, 2013 - 6:57PM

    Faisal shahazad was not a muslim and a pakistani……was he also born because of kashmir cause or because of taliban..The daughter of pakistan serve the purpose of pakistan..and they want to free afiyaa…but malala is their Foe……we Indian and whole world does not know anything that all the attack over the world that is suicide bombings and killing of innocent if done by Islamist is because kashmir is under occupation and all other bombings are done and name of islam is taken to defame islam……and whole world including..zimbabwe/Mali/somalia/NEPAL/bangladesh/mossad/blackwater/Edward snowden and wikileaks are zionist who are trying to break pakistan…In short this is conspiracy against pakistan…they are arabs who discovered camel ride…so everything which is there in the world from man to machine gun is not made by americans/english/Indians or chinese….they are made by reading the book…and if anybody want to succeed just read the book…dont go to school…go to madarssah and feel the change and innovation in u…..

    ET………Please publish and if anything is offensive then do leave a message..i wll edit my comments..i have never seen so much censorship in any country..The comments on times of india may be a bar for u….

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  • Beef
    Oct 5, 2013 - 7:01PM

    @arun: India cannot afford to get into a proxy war with Pakistan. Because if it did, Pakistan would bleed India to death. Not only would you forget all the hoopla over Mumbai attacks, terrorism etc. instead you would be here on news websites reading items on Khalistan, Republic of Nagaland and Manipur, Independent Kashmir etc. and India will become history. Pakistan has been reasonably well in exercising restraint given the terror exports India has been making.

    @Brookeside: So you still avoid the question, why do all neighbours of India give your country the middle finger and see it as a nuisance?

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  • Oct 5, 2013 - 7:03PM

    I am Chinese, I support China and Pakistan military action against India. 万岁巴基斯坦和中国

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  • BWHO
    Oct 5, 2013 - 7:05PM

    @BORHAN AHMED: If Pakistan is supposedly the epicentre of terrorism, India is the birthplace of terrorism. From the suicide bombing Tamil Tigers to Kashmir, Balochistan and beyond, Indians can raise their heads high and proud in the morass they have left all over the place. India’s policies will eventually cause its own dynastic death.

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  • Someone
    Oct 5, 2013 - 7:08PM

    @Water Bottle: Let me answer your question. The news will be reported by the Pakistani embassies in the Republic of Khalistan, Republic of Assam and Manipur, and the other 65 aspirant countries occupied by the artificial country called Bha-Rat.

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  • Shiv
    Oct 5, 2013 - 7:12PM

    @LeT mujahid:
    And we will do everything to support the Balochs!

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  • Chacko Cherian
    Oct 5, 2013 - 7:38PM

    @Latif:
    Man you are in delusion.Who told you India got problems with its neighbors other than Pakistan.FYI these are the facts:
    1.Nepal-With whom India has an open border,no need of visas for Nepalese to visit India and vice versa.So too is the relationship in the political levels,warm and co-operative.
    2.Bangladesh-Heads of state visit each other regularly and take a position for the betterment of its people.Recently in 2012 Indian PM gave a loan of USD1billion to Bangladesh for developmental activities.
    3.SriLanka-India trained its army personnel,provided logistical support in its war against LTTE.Now India has taken up a role of supporting and rehabilitating the survivors of war,which both sides in that country appreciated.
    4.Maldives-A muslim country,where the presidential candidate who led after first round of elections said that he feels more close to India tan any other country in the world.Remember this is when China is trying to make it Anti Indian at all costs.Public also has a similar view on India.
    5.Myanmar-Another friendly country where there is considerable Indian investment and goodwill.
    6.Bhutan-May be small in size but has the best of relations with India
    7.China-Even with a history of war trust deficit and border ambiguity let me inform that not a single shot has been fired between both the armies for a very very long time.Border with China is nearly double that with Pakistan.The leaders realize that war is not a solution but talks and constructive acts.
    There may be occasional hiccups in the relations with these nations,but trust me India wants to keep a healthy relationship with its neighbors and it is reciprocated as well.
    Where can we put Pakistan in this long list as you are a special category which itself is not sure internally how to deal and reciprocate to India.Mind you none of the above countries are accusing India of threatening their existence.As long as you can’t forget Kashmir,Pakistan will continue in this sorry condition if not go worse.
    Hope ET publish this to give a clear perspective.

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  • Xei Wulong's Father
    Oct 5, 2013 - 8:24PM

    @Xei Wulong:
    I am Chinese and I support China and India military against Pakistan. 长期生活在印度和中国.

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  • Nazir
    Oct 5, 2013 - 8:29PM

    A high up army officer with access to intelligence reports told me that Taliban is controlled by Mossad secret agents who used psychological brain washing to create suicide attacks. We must realize it is a big chess game and we are against skilled players who is no shame or morals.

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  • Indian
    Oct 5, 2013 - 9:07PM

    @ Nazir

    Okay…why would Mossad have a problem with Pakistan ? What can they possibly gain ? Israel,India etc have their own headaches…why do you think everyone is obsessed with Pak ?

    @ Xei Wulong
    Everyone here seems to hate each other…you’re also welcome to join. We all have nuclear weapons…lets all kill each other..hmmm? Seeing,cities evaporating like Nagasaki,Hiroshima and the blood of millions should cool all the tempers in this comment section. Everyone happy now ?

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  • Pork in response to Beef
    Oct 5, 2013 - 9:34PM

    @Beef

    I have breaking news for you Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh are relatively much more stable and are making progress . You are going down and out.

    All countries have disputes with neighbhours. China has disputes with Japan and Phillipines. No one is obsessed with poisonous hatred like you are.

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  • Li Peng
    Oct 5, 2013 - 9:56PM

    @ Xei Wulong

    久闻大名

    Indi-chini brothers/friends.

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  • Don't repeat history
    Oct 5, 2013 - 11:15PM

    @ Xei Wulong
    @ Xei Wulong’s father

    We don’t want another Nagasaki-Hiroshima ? Surely we don’t want history repeating again… blood of millions wasted for anger and ego …

    Let’s try what Li Peng’s advice – Hindi,Chini,Bhai,Bhai.
    Let’s all trade & prosper in peace.
    Long live China,India & Pakistan..peace to all Asian countries.
    God bless every nation.Recommend

  • Don't repeat history
    Oct 5, 2013 - 11:17PM

    @ Xei Wulong
    @ Xei Wulong’s father

    We don’t want another Nagasaki-Hiroshima ? Surely we don’t want history repeating again… blood of millions wasted for anger and ego …

    Let’s try Li Peng’s advice – Hindi,Chini,Bhai,Bhai.
    Let’s all trade & prosper in peace.
    Long live China,India & Pakistan..peace to all Asian countries.
    God bless every nation.Recommend

  • Don't repeat history
    Oct 5, 2013 - 11:20PM

    @ Xei Wulong
    @ Xei Wulong’s father

    We don’t want another Nagasaki-Hiroshima ? Surely we don’t want history repeating again… blood of millions wasted for anger and ego …

    Let’s try what Li Peng’s advice – Hindi,Chini,Bhai,Bhai.
    Let’s all trade & prosper in peace.
    Long live China,India & Pakistan..peace to all Asian countries.
    God bless every nation.

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  • someone
    Oct 5, 2013 - 11:42PM

    The problem with Pakistanis is that they are given the opium of “hate” right from the beginning of the school.They are taught how cunning the hinuds are and how greats were the Muslims invaders howeber they are not told that their ancestors were killed and displaced by those invaders. By the time these guys reach to universities, they are already radicalized into anti India and anti Hindu extremists. some of these Pakistanis are lucky enough to get some “normal” education out of Pakistan and they realize what kind of twisted history they were taught all their lives. For most of them it is too late to re visit the history. For others it is really frustrating. I think they all should be given a crash course of history by Tareq Fatheh to show them the mirror. May be they will drown in their own shame then.

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  • Insaan
    Oct 6, 2013 - 12:08AM

    @Asif: Pakistan’s response is always calculated?

    Pakis lie thru their teeth? Do you know how many Paki army soldiers died in Kargil? Pakistan government treated those soldiers like insurgents. Pakistan government killed 3 million people in Bangladesh. Your government is the cause of destruction of Afghanistan.

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  • Insaan
    Oct 6, 2013 - 1:49AM

    Same drama Mian Sharif played with Vajpayee. Main Sharif talked about peace back then too, invited Vajpayee to Lahore. Right after the visit stabbed Vajpayee in the back by playing Kargil.

    Mian is doing the same thing now talking about peace big time and at the same time playing Kargil at LOC.

    To win trust Mian ji should let every one know the truth about Kargil.

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  • Anjaan
    Oct 6, 2013 - 4:43AM

    There is a distinct difference ….. Pakistan’s concern is terrorism of its own making, where as India’s concern is Pakistani state sponsored terrorism directed against it …… therefore India will not stop blaming Pakistan and exposing it in the international fora ……. Pakistan would do the same if it had the moral standing ……… but blaming India for terrorist attacks would only make it a laughing stock ………Recommend

  • anwar kamal
    Oct 6, 2013 - 7:08AM

    To stop terrorism there must be stop sponsorship.

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  • saad
    Oct 6, 2013 - 9:46AM

    @isnaan india is not a beacon of truth and they are the main culprits behind all this terrorism and mess in South asia. Mr Isaan do you know how much of your soldiers who die in kargil the actual figure not the one provided by indian army huh? really we killed 3 million people so what about the those figure whom your so called great army killed in Kashmir in punjab in Naxal affected areas and still is carry out the massacre? really our government well we didn’t invaded afghanistan we helped them against the soviets and it was Americans plan to destroy the soviets and they provided the weapons and logistics support to the taliaban we just help them get those weapons, so i advice your please don’t comment when you nothing of the history.Recommend

  • saad
    Oct 6, 2013 - 9:52AM

    @Isaan really well its not a drama but india want this drama to happen they want kargil to happen and they don’t want peace because india is a devil country they say we want peace in reality they want war with china and pakistan. and secondly at that time Nawaz didn’t know anything about the kargil. Simple truth is that india never wants peace with pakistan until she gets what she wants. until kashmir issue isn’t solve india will carry out this propaganda and slander campaign against pakistan and about terrorist crossing from other side of the border when whole worlds know not even a bird can cross LOC which is heavy militarized border how come then 30 heavily armed rebels crossed it.Recommend

  • grandfather
    Oct 6, 2013 - 4:03PM

    @Xei Wulong’s father and Li Peng: Nice try at trolling, but even an Indian with high IQ can see that you’re fake.Recommend

  • R. Subramanian
    Oct 7, 2013 - 2:20AM

    One thing is clear from Pakistanis comments, based on their words, terrorism is going to continue in South Asia, Pakistan is the only country in the world that is ready to loose both its eyes just for the sake of hurting India.

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  • 1984
    Oct 7, 2013 - 3:22AM

    @Li Peng:
    @Xei Wulong:

    If you people are really Chinese,watch out….
    The Red army is about to knock on your door and then put you and your entire family in prison camp for accessing a newspaper website which is NOT State controlled Xinhua….

    I’ve seen many trolls like you pretending to be Bangladeshi,Chinese,Nepali in the TOI discussion forums…..If you think you have fooled someone,then think again,you are the one getting fooled

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  • Anon
    Oct 7, 2013 - 9:17AM

    Some Chinese supporting pakistan in the comments must know that India has bombs which can hit any part of China.
    If both countries attack India, it will be doom for all the three, plus most of the other neighbours. We dont want this, but if you want, we are ready.

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Oct 7, 2013 - 12:00PM

    Only India is the base of terrorism in Balochistan because India wants to separate Balochistan from Pakistan this is why India is supporting Separatist Balochi people…..

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