“It’s not that I want to give any gratuitous advice to our very senior colleagues across the border, but if there is seriousness in wanting to have a meaningful dialogue for sustainable peace, it will be necessary to respect India’s point of view,” -Salman Khurshid
Gurgaon : India on Tuesday told Pakistan that its “sentiments and sensitivities” have to be respected for meaningful dialogue while expressing unhappiness over the meeting between Pakistan Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Advisor and Kashmiri separatist leaders and termed the ceasefire violations along LoC as “counterproductive”.
During a 30-minute meeting between External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz on the margins of the 11th Asia-Europe Foreign Minister (ASEM) conference here, the two stressed the need for their DGMOs to meet at an early date and discuss ways to retain peace and tranquility along the Line of Control.
Even after a decision on the meeting of Directors General of Military Operations was taken by the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan in New York nearly six weeks back, there has been no movement in this regard. India also pressed Pakistan for expeditious trial in Mumbai terror attack cases in the last of the 20 bilateral meetings Khurshid had on the margins of ASEM, telling Aziz that India has provided Pakistan with all evidence it has asked for. Ahead of the meeting, Khurshid had said there have been events in the recent times that are not seen by the government or by anybody in India as encouraging, an apparent reference to ceasefire violations along the LoC in which many Indian soldiers have been killed. “I think they are counter-productive and I could not imagine if there is a seriousness in desire to reach some kind of situation in which a dialogue meaningfully to take place, whatever be the end result of that dialogue….
“For a meaningful dialogue to take place (between India and Pakistan), conducive circumstances have to be created and it have to be done by both sides, it can not be only on one side. Some of these events have been somewhat counterproductive, unfortunately,” Khurshid told reporters. Asked about Aziz’s meeting with Hurriyat and other separatist leaders immediately after arriving for the 11th ASEM Foreign Ministers meeting, Khurshid said, “I must say it is important that what we say and what we do, we have to carefully watch. “It’s not that I want to give any gratuitous advice to our very senior colleagues across the border, but if there is seriousness in wanting to communicate and have a meaningful dialogue with India for sustainable peace, it will be necessary to respect India’s point of view, India’s sentiments and sensitivities of our country. “Because this is not a dialogue that happens in isolation, this is a dialogue that is contextual and this is a dialogue that needs public support. And we think that we have done a great deal to help Pakistan government to get the public support that it needs to be able to have a fair and transparent dialogue with India.”