Pakistan’s ‘hostility’ deterring dialogue: India

Published: January 3, 2011
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SM Krishna says India "walked the extra mile in reaching out"; expects Pakistan to dismantle terror network. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

SM Krishna says India "walked the extra mile in reaching out"; expects Pakistan to dismantle terror network. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

India on Monday alleged that Pakistan is compulsively hostile, adding that the attitude does not help a “serious and sustained” dialogue between the two countries, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

Noting that the country “walked the extra mile in reaching out” to its neighbours, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said: “We earnestly hope that our neighbour would see the merit in constructive engagement and discard the posture of compulsive hostility.”

During an interview to PTI, the minister said: “Our only expectation from Pakistan is to dismantle the terror infrastructure that operates from the territories under its control. A serious and sustained dialogue can thrive only in a peaceful and terror free climate.”

On the visit of his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi to India, Krishna said, “I look forward to his visit,” but refused to comment whether it will be this month as indicated earlier. He also noted that India was willing to discuss all issues with Pakistan through a bilateral dialogue.

In a year-end review of the foreign policy and challenges before India in 2011, Krishna touched upon India’s relations with immediate neighbours, country’s growing economic ties with ASEAN and Korea, and the support India has received for its bid for permanent membership of the UN Security Council.

Despite differences on a host of issues with China, including Beijing issuing staple visas to residents of Jammu and Kashmir, Krishna said the two countries have a “better understanding of each other’s positions and concerns.” “We also have the confidence, resolve and mechanisms to address our differences peacefully and in a mature manner,” he said. We are committed to cordial and cooperative ties with our neighbours based on the principles of equality, non-interference and mutual respect, Krishna added.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 3rd, 2011.

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  • Adeel Ahmed
    Jan 3, 2011 - 12:03PM

    According to your own law makers and ministers… India has more threat from HINDU Terrorist organisations than muslim ones… which allegedly come from Pakistan… but of which you have no proof.

    Please sort out your own home first before pointing fingers at others.

    Thanks.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Jan 3, 2011 - 1:04PM

    @Adeel Ahmed
    Proof is for them who want to accept the truth. What proof can be valid when the world says crow is black while you say “only when I say so”Recommend

  • BlackHawk
    Jan 3, 2011 - 1:56PM

    Mr Tony Singh, the whole world knows how indian consulates in afghanistan are supporting terrorist or so called TTP in North and in Baluchistan. put your house in correct before you start dictating us!

    you’ve alot more threating issues internally than those you & ur biased media refer toRecommend

  • Rana Amjad
    Jan 3, 2011 - 2:41PM

    How long this blame game will continue? Please end this & live like neighbors instead of enemies.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Jan 3, 2011 - 3:02PM

    @BlackHawk. If Pakistan is “the whole world” then maybe the whole world knows of India’s involvement in Balochistan. To others world is much larger than Pakistan. Your beloved General Mushraff has admitted (and incidentily the article to that effect was published in ET) in an interview to Der Speigel how the Pakistan establishment abetted and encouraged terror organisations to wage asymetric war against India.
    The people of India at most want a relation of indifference with Pakistan. We would like our govt not to have anything to do with Pakistan till it does away these “strategic assets” and should in fact develop some of their own for a payback time.Recommend

  • Manish
    Jan 3, 2011 - 3:20PM

    @Black Hawk the whole world knows nothing unless and until your government comes up with proofs. Stop blabbering anything that you wish to without evidence. If you guys have proofs why not expose India. Come on do it, go to international forum and place the proofs on the table, expose India or else stop alleging.

    Be rational, you talk of our internal problems, there are more blasts in Pakistan, economic conditions have Pakistan is on the verge of bankruptcy, aid is the only source of income, you guys have monstrous debts, global image of Pakistanis has already taken a beating and the list can go on and on. Recommend

  • satyram
    Jan 3, 2011 - 3:21PM

    Hello, there are news that remaining hindu and sikh families in Pakistan’s Balochistan province are making efforts to migrate to India after becoming the target of a campaign of kidnappings and extortion. The whole world know that Pakistan is a bad nation. We must allow all Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan to come and settle in India.Recommend

  • Waqas
    Jan 3, 2011 - 4:22PM

    @ Tony Singh

    Your sardarjee mentality is speaking loud here!! :-)

    I guess Indians have a short memory span. Wasn’t it India which started using its ‘strategic assets’ to carve out Bangladesh by supporting mukti bahini? So what are you complaining about now? Wasn’t it Indira’s dream of creating more country’s out of Pakistan?

    What you’re getting is the seeds sowed by your previous generation. India is not that great as you perceive to be, very much to the contrary. And your mindset proves it!

    You call yourself a ‘super power’ which goes crying to world capitals pointing fingers are a country which is 8 times less than your size, spends one-tenth of you military budget. When will India stop crying like a baby and grows up? You’re a nuclear power for goodness sake, have some integrity, please!Recommend

  • Waqas
    Jan 3, 2011 - 4:28PM

    @ Manish

    Similarly, you dont have any proofs of ISI conducting/supporting the terrorist acts in India. Until you come up with solid evidence and share with the world, you better shut up, or grow up!!

    Why we don’t go to others with proofs of Indian involvement?
    Because we are strong enough to deal with all threats from India ourselves, we are not cry-babies like you people. We have broken the back of RAW funded TTP, and Baloch groups. I bet its difficult for you to understand as you guys like washing your dirty linen in public. Recommend

  • romm
    Jan 3, 2011 - 4:55PM

    I Think biggest blunder Musharraf made was stopping militants infiltrating into Indian accupied kashmir. anyway, we need to wait for our forces, falling back to eastern borders when US Leaves afghanistan. then we will bleed india with better skills.
    i am pretty sure that Politics of Dialodue will never work as we have wasted 10 years in dialogues and output is zero, i say again “Zero”Recommend

  • Manish
    Jan 3, 2011 - 5:37PM

    @Waqas
    Your ex-president Musharraf admits that Pakistan supports and uses terrorism as a state policy, CIA backs all evidence provided by the Indian Government against Pakistan, David Headly spills the beans by confessing Pakistan role, your brother Kasab was exposed by your very own media, Albright calls pakistan an international migraine and yet the stupid child in has the audacity to ask me to grow up?. Funny dud.

    and about your second question ……… its insanely ridiculous. You guys have no proves against India because India isn’t involved. Dude stop cribbing and get a life.Recommend

  • SKChadha
    Jan 3, 2011 - 7:18PM

    @ Waqas – Bro, you are required to study in detail published material, international analysis, world views on Pakistan / India as to why one country is prospering despite monumental difficulties and other continue to spiral down although both of them, relatively speaking, started at the same foundation, and in a sense having almost same people….. !!!

    The reasons are simple ….. First – People are genetically predisposed to rule by force/ terror (army/ dictators) and consider gun culture as only solution of problems? Second – The religion is paramount for them and later day rulers also injected strong religious fervor and jihad mentality? Third – For them human rights are only the rights of Muslim population and all other are not human beings whether it is minority hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Ahmadis, Barevalis etc. etc. Yes, Pakistan is strong enough to deal with India, but please realize that the country is weak enough to deal with its internal threats including terrorism and Baloch insurgency.

    Waqas Bhai, it is true that you can break the back of RAW. However, it is also true that for rest of the history of Pakistan, you will not be able to repair the self inflicted injury to your own back broken in East Pakistan. You may go on blaming RAW, Mosad, US, Israel, EU and may fall again of your own this time to break your legs in Baluchistan. Regards.Recommend

  • PriyaSuraj
    Jan 3, 2011 - 7:27PM

    @Waqas – Just out of curiosity – who do you think India should show the proof to?

    US even if they know that ISI is involved in terror activities targetted at India, they will not bother right now because they need Pakistan to protect US citizens and die for them fighting these terrorists.
    China will not entertain because they have border disputes with India and are ally of Pakistan.
    Pakistan who believe its ok to use terror as state policy.

    @ Manish – No amount of proof is going to help India unless the terrorists start affecting not just Indians. US is fighting them only because 9/11 happened. India had suffered many terrorist attacks before 9/11. Did anyone listen to India? Don’t believe there was no proof. Countries behave same as individuals in our society. I don’t say anything to a neighbor who spits in front of another person’s door (as long as he is not spitting in front of mine).

    Same goes for Balochistan/ Afghanistan. If as alleged India supports these movements no one will care as long as they don’t get affected.
    1. US will not bother because they have to leave Afghanistan one day and they don’t want to leave it to Pakistan/ Iran.

    2.China will not meddle there as they can forward their interest through the Pakistanis. I think Pakistan is the only country in world which believes in all weather friendship. The same Chinese used to say hindi chini bhai bhai before the indo china war.

    Pakistan has to fight its own demons and so does India. Its just that now we feel we are angels and the other is a demon and Pakistanis feel vice versa. Angels and Demons cannot have a dialogue. Humans can. If we just stand where we are and not walk towards eachother we can never meet.Recommend

  • Anoop
    Jan 3, 2011 - 8:42PM

    @Waqas,

    “Similarly, you dont have any proofs of ISI conducting/supporting the terrorist acts in India.”

    –> Here is the proof.

    http://news.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/musharraf-admits-to-training-militants-600

    The guy who ruled for Pakistan for 9 years and initiated a ill-thought of war against India himself has said Pakistan has supported Terror inside India.

    LeT which Pakistan has supported, according to Mushy, was responsible for Mumbai Attacks says your Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

    When your own people are talking of Pakistan support to Terror, dont you think its foolish on your part to deny it?Recommend

  • Cautious
    Jan 3, 2011 - 10:24PM

    Seems to me that eliminating terrorist infrastructure is a reasonable request – not one bit different than request make by Pakistan’s allies. Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Jan 4, 2011 - 1:18AM

    Cry baby once again!!! huh!!!Recommend

  • Waqas
    Jan 4, 2011 - 10:48AM

    @ Anoop

    A. The newitems you’ve mentioned has been refuted by Musharraf.
    B. Read what you’ve mentioned in your link, is your reading and understanding is overtaken by blind rhetoric! Its like me saying India is sponsoring, abetting and RAW is actively involved in Naxalites and their operations… or just turning a blind eye?
    C. Its not only Indian economy which is growing at 9%, the jingoism, hate, and hieghtened ignorance of its populace which is growing at 90%.

    I am really disappointed in Indians by reading your comments!!

    Here is my advice, take this PROOF in the international court in Hague and see what they say. I will be surprised if the security guard standing outside will let you in with this as evidence.

    @ Manish
    Kashmiris are rising against India not against Pakistan. For your information Azad Jammu Kashmir has its own constitution, its own elected government, its own courts, they are driving their destiny and our army is not fighting them. Compare that with 700,000 indians troops only in Kashmir to crush the Kashmiris struggle.Recommend

  • Waqas
    Jan 4, 2011 - 11:50AM

    Until you focus on the root-cause of terrorism; it will keep simmering on slow boil. The key issue is Kashmir. Resolve it to the satisfaction of Kashmiris, and it will rob the terrorists of their moral high-ground and appeal. Recommend

  • Waqas
    Jan 4, 2011 - 12:03PM

    So finally the the truth comes out from Tony Singh, you admit that India is equally responsible for this, and has paid and continues paying Pakistan in the same coin! Thats exactly my point! When we do it, its terrorism, when India does it, its paying Pakistan back!!Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Jan 4, 2011 - 12:54PM

    @waqas
    Either you do not understand the language or pretend not to understand it. I wish Indian government did that. My firm belief is Indians govt treat Pakistan very softly. its time it does to Pakistan, what Pakistan does to us. Its just awish and you are feeling the heat. Imagine how the real payback time would be.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Jan 4, 2011 - 1:06PM

    @romm
    What choice did Mushraff have? Try again bleeding India and we will see that West Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan are seperate nation states.Recommend

  • swami
    Jan 4, 2011 - 1:17PM

    @Waqas
    first of all let me make very clear to you that kaashmir is the integral part of india and will be for ever. By linking everything to kashmir and not willing to resolve any issue untill kashmir is resolved will make pakistan suffer for may be next decade. Don’t you agree that by sticking to the kashmir issue pakistan has achieved nothing but the destruction.As far as india is concerned she can drag this issue as long as she wants.pakistan can not waste another 5-6 decades and wait for the kashmir issue to resolve and then take on the terrorist center in POK or south punjab. it will be too late then. question is not who first used the way of terrorism for strategic assets now question is how can you dismantle the nexus.But because there is so much of sensitivity here in india because of 26/11 it is pakistan which will have to act first to show the solidarity in her part.And using terrorism as strategic assets is not at all acceptable doesn’t matter from where it is coming.Recommend

  • romm
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:05PM

    Wait for usRecommend

  • romm
    Jan 4, 2011 - 5:09PM

    what about Assam, Nagaland, Karnatka? i am sure u know ur vulnerabaility??Recommend

  • PriyaSuraj
    Jan 4, 2011 - 6:09PM

    @Romm – What good has come out of bleeding India that you wish to do it all over again? So India is a vulnerable country. Which country is not? And why so much anger towards India? Only because of Kashmir/ Bangaldesh? Terrorism has not helped the Kashmir cause. And as per your text books you have won all your wars against India and your army is better equipped than India’s. You guys are anyway so superior, why bother about India? Take it easy, a lot of violence is happening in India but then a lot of it is happening in Pakistan as well. And if its all going to end up in countries breaking up, then bro we all seem to be headed in the same direction.Recommend

  • Rajat
    Jan 4, 2011 - 9:35PM

    Ah.. another day, another mud-slinging match, makes up the loss of Indo-Pak cricket, I’m loving it!!

    To all Pakistanis and Indians,
    you have got a very wrong picture of each other, some know about it yet they indulge in this unproductive bakwaas(mud-slinging) , Pakistanis feel that India is hell bent on destabilising and feel that it is successfully doing so, so they take every available pretext to find faults (every country has it, even the eden-like HDI supremo Scandinavian ones) with India, like the nascent ‘hindu terror’. The very fact that Rahul Gandhi said that it is a bigger threat, is not because the are more active and lethal than their islamic counterparts, but because such terror groups, however small they may be, promote extremism among the people, its definitely a huge threat if even a tenth of 900million majority become obnoxiously conservative. It good that the upper echelons of the ruling party has recognised it, and acknowledged it, saves us from the hassles of living in denial. Coming back to the point of destabilising Pakistan, rest assured India has no reason to do so. She wants to establish herself in the global arena, and want to have no animosity with any country.
    Indians on the other hand feel that they have arrived in the global arena (not yet my friends, but soon) and are easily offended by a country mired in its internal problem, speaking eye to eye with them, thinking that both are equals. So, they feel that we should repeat the same facts which pakistanis (bomb blasts, terrorism) know, and are sick of it, and “show them their rightful place” mentality. This is wrong, and if india is in the dictating terms in the global arena, its because of its people, and pakistan has enough potential to bounce back to be a co-regional power. One cant just write a country and its people off. Recommend

  • Anoop
    Jan 4, 2011 - 10:21PM

    @Waqas,

    “The newitems you’ve mentioned has been refuted by Musharraf.”

    –> Rubbish. He stands by it. Show me one link where he categorically denies any links with LeT or other such Terror groups. Even the present ISI chief had called Baitullah Mehsud a “Pakistani Patriot” in Ger Spiegel.

    “or just turning a blind eye?”

    –> Ok, here is some real solid proof for you from none other than the Interpol.

    http://www.interpol.int/public/data/noticesun/notices/data/1993/93/1993_14193.asp

    Dawood Ibrahim’s address is listed as Karachi,Pakistan in defence colony.

    Ok, lets just say for the moment Interpol is biased, but even the UNSC says the same thing!

    http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2010/sc9878.doc.htm

    So, even after if you say I am wrong then God bless you and your God-forsaken country.

    “Its not only Indian economy which is growing at 9%, the jingoism, hate, and hieghtened ignorance of its populace which is growing at 90%.”

    –> Yeah, India is a very intolerant nation, so many bomb blasts, HIndus killing Hindus,etc. No wait! That is Pakistan!

    India is a very tolerant country. The Hindu Culture encourages and extends tolerance to even Animals. You cannot define tolerance by some stray incidences which happened almost a decade ago.

    “Here is my advice, take this PROOF in the international court in Hague and see what they say”

    –> I guess the above links I have posted should make you eat your own words. We have taken it to UNSC and Interpol and Interpol has issued red corner notice against him! US has branded him an International Terrorist with links to Al Qaeda!

    The question you have to ask is why is Pakistan protecting a guy who is a Terrorist with links to Al Qaeda? The answer to that will also tell you why 3000 people died in Pakistan in 2009(The figure must be more for the year 2010) due to ideological violence.

    “Kashmiris are rising against India not against Pakistan.”

    –> Sorry to barge in. Let us not generalize. Only people in Srinagar are having trouble with Pakistan. But, they have the power to vote and in the next elections they can choose the Separatists and tell the world that they want out. People in Jammu and Ladakh are peaceful and are fully integrated with India. Even the Shias of Kashmir valley want to join India!

    “For your information Azad Jammu Kashmir has its own constitution, its own elected government, its own courts, they are driving their destiny and our army is not fighting them.”

    –> Come on. The whole world knows the democracy in AJK is a sham. Every PM has to sign a document of loyalty to Pakistan before assuming office.

    http://www.australia.to/2010/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2906:poor-prime-minister-of-azad-kashmir&catid=103:dr-shabir-choudhry&Itemid=228

    When Azad Kashmir’s Prime Minister, Mumtaz Rathore was arrested and dismissed in 1991, Benazir Bhutto commented:

    “Pakistan had arrested the Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir, rigged the state election, and alienated the Kashmiris to such an extent that they want an independent Kashmir.”

    Even though Security wise the situation in Indian Kashmir is bad, but India has given it free and fair elections since 1989.

    http://www.international.to/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=750:so-called-azad-kashmir-and-security-zone&catid=48:dr-shabir-choudhry&Itemid=79Recommend

  • Waqas
    Jan 5, 2011 - 9:59AM

    @ Rajat

    Well said!! I hope more Indians think like you!

    Cheers!! :-)Recommend

  • ashok
    Jan 5, 2011 - 10:59AM

    @anup
    thanx for the links man. i didn’t know people in POK are so maginalized. even CM of J&K has more power than PM of azad kashmir. I should circulate this links to all my friends. After all POK is also part of india and i think indian government should pressure the international groups to act on this. Recommend

  • Javed
    Jan 24, 2011 - 11:24AM

    @Waqas— Tony singh is Not Sardar… A terrorist Hindu is behind this name. This is not the name this Guy uses.. he comes with different names and personalities.. But every time get busted…HahahaRecommend

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