Pakistan must decide if it wants to talk to India or Hurriyat leaders: Indian defence minister

Arun Jaitley says India is ready to speak to Pakistan and willing to normalise ties but there are a few red lines


Web Desk November 05, 2014

NEW DELHI: Pakistan should decide whether it wants to talk to the government of India or those who want to break India, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday, the Press Trust of India reported.  

The Indian defence minister, while asking Pakistan to make a "conscious" choice, said India was ready to speak to Pakistan and is willing to normalise the relationship but there are a few red lines.


"We create the environment, we fix up a dialogue at the level of Foreign Secretaries, our Foreign Secretary is to visit Pakistan (and) literally a few hours before that they invite the separatists for a dialogue to their High Commission (in New Delhi)," said Jaitley.

"So I think a new red line has to be drawn in Pakistan to reconsider this question that who they want to speak to? Do they want to speak to the Government of India or they want to speak to those who want to break India?" he said at the India Economic Summit here.

"So unless Pakistan makes the conscious choice, a dialogue with Pakistan will not be possible," he said.

India in August called off scheduled foreign secretary-level talks after Pakistan's envoy met Kashmir separatists on the eve of the dialogue.

Jaitley, who is also the finance minister, said New Delhi has given three messages to Pakistan.

"The first is that we want to talk. So we invited them. The second is we send a foreign secretary there. But they must decide whether they are ready to speak to our foreign secretary or to speak to those who want to break India. The third is that this kind of a situation in international border cannot go on."

"That's not an environment for a dialogue... India would like to normalise the relationship. But whether Pakistan wants to normalise the relationship depends on Pakistan," he added.

COMMENTS (35)

Abdul Malik | 7 years ago | Reply

@Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad: LOL and the rest of the world knows the true 'worth' of Pakistanis. hint - check the acceptability of your passport in various countries and check Pakistans ranking in the failed countries index http://list25.com/25-of-the-most-failed-states-in-the-world/

SD | 7 years ago | Reply

@Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad:

Usual black mail ? eh ?

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