Dialogue possible only if Pak respects India's sentiments: Salman Khurshid

The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan.


Web Desk November 12, 2013
Indian Minister for External Affairs Salman Khurshid addresses a press conference at the end of the two-day ASEM conference in Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi on November 12, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said that if Islamabad was serious about bilateral dialogue with India, it was imperative that the Pakistani government respect "India's sentiments, point of view and sensitivities", according to NDTV.

Khurshid was addressing the media in New Delhi on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), after a meeting with Pakistan's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz earlier on Tuesday.

Aziz is in India to attend the two-day Asia-Europe Meeting and the two leaders discussed ongoing tensions at the Line of Control (LoC), reported Radio Pakistan.

NDTV reported that the Indian minister raised the issue of Sartaj Aziz meeting Hurriyat leaders, including Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik, and leaders of both moderate and hardline Hurriyat factions - Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

He said the meetings with Hurriyat leaders are "not encouraging" moves and are "counterproductive".

"I think for a meaningful dialogue to take place conducive conditions have to be created, and it will have to be done by both sides, it cannot be only on one side."

'Cordial atmosphere' in the meeting

"The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere," stated Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press statement released after the meeting on Tuesday.

The statement added that both sides approached bilateral ties in a "constructive and forward looking manner"

After meeting with Khurshid, Aziz met with Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon.

Aziz had sought a meeting with the prime minister during the visit, but was declined an audience.

Aziz also had wished to meet some leaders of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) in Delhi.

Sources in the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) told IANS in Srinagar that JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik has received an invitation to meet Aziz in New Delhi.

COMMENTS (37)

Siddharth | 8 years ago | Reply

Mr. Khurshid if you want to be taken seriously, plz return the money you snapped off the "disable people" in what turned out to be a quite shameful scam.....and then better act like THE FOREIGN MINISTER OF INDIA insted of being MODI BASHING MINISTER OF UPA!!

rohan | 8 years ago | Reply

@Rakib I think the better comparison is PTI internet brigade, lots(and i really really mean LOT) of similarities between BJP internet brigade and the former. For eg: 1)Both claim, they are not paid bots, but sincere Indian/Pakistanis who have finally got their voices heard thanks to WWW.(whilst at the same time claiming nothing bad that happened in last 66 years after independence was fault of their respective political overlords/role models/idols. 2)Their Presence on net is overwhelming, but the reality is not.(yes they have support in IRL as well, but nowhere as close to overwhelming, as on net. 3)Both are hardcore xenophobic, anyone who is not a member of PTI/BJP is automatically(without the burden of proof being invoked or respected) corrupt, worthy of contempt, etc etc... I could write a whole lot of other similarities as well, such as no corruption image of both their leaders, but rather than doing this, I'll predict something else, just like PTI's Imran, the campaign of these internet Hindus will be equally as successful (NOT.) PS: Note that I'm not really comparing Imran with Narendra, but their respective Internet brigades. I hope you all will read it as an observation, that might make you understand this phenomenon, and might also make Pakistanis see that its not just internet Hindus doing it. they are doing it HERE, that point I do get however :)

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