rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » News » Going in for Indo-Pak talks with open mind: Rao

Going in for Indo-Pak talks with open mind: Rao

Last updated on: February 6, 2011 14:45 IST

Going in for Indo-Pak talks with open mind: Rao

     Next

Next
Setting a positive tone ahead of their meeting in Thimpu, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir on Sunday said they would endeavour to find a way forward for continued engagement between the two countries.

"We are resuming our contact after interregnum of some time. We have a number of issues to be discussed. As we have always said that dialogue between India and Pakistan is necessary and a must if we are to satisfactorily resolve the outstanding issues between our two countries," she said.

"We have a number of outstanding issues. So, we are going into this with an open mind and constructive attitude," Rao said.

Click on NEXT to read further...

Image: Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao

     Next

Going in for Indo-Pak talks with open mind: Rao

Prev     Next
Prev

Next
Noting that her Pakistani counterpart would also have a "number of ideas" to discuss, Rao said, "So, this is going to be an exploratory discussion and we hope that through this process, we can find a way forward."

Bashir separately said he was looking forward to his meeting with Rao. "My expectations are that we should be working towards continued engagement," he said.

He said the two foreign secretaries would be preparing for engagement between their foreign ministers. Rao and Bashir, who are in Thimpu to attend the South Asian Association For Regional Cooperation Foreign Secretaries' meeting, will hold talks on its sidelines on Sunday.

Image: Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir

Prev     Next

Going in for Indo-Pak talks with open mind: Rao

Prev     Next
Prev

Next
When asked about the provocative statement given by Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit questioning the pace of probe into Samjhauta Express blast, Rao said India has already made it clear that probe details would be shared with Pakistan if there is anything to share.

"We have already said an investigation is going on in Samjhauta blast. It was an act of terrorism, there is no doubt about it," she said about the February 2007 incident in which 68 passengers, including Pakistanis, were killed when an explosion took place at Panipat in Haryana when the cross-border train was on its way to Pakistan.

To a question, she emphasised that India will share with Pakistan if there is any evidence to share and when "we are ready to share evidence."

Image: Pakistan has questioned India's investigation in the Samjhauta Express blast case

Prev     Next

Going in for Indo-Pak talks with open mind: Rao

Prev     More
Prev

More
Bashir refused to comment when asked about the Samjhauta issue in the backdrop of the statement issued by the Pakistan foreign office spokesman. "Why do you want to pick up one issue? There are a plenty of issues," he responded.

India has already rubbished Basit's contention that the pace of investigation into Samjhauta Express blast was slow and said the case could not be compared to Mumbai attacks in terms of gravity and evidence available.

New Delhi points out that in the Mumbai attack case, the leads were very clear despite which Pakistan has failed to act satisfactorily.


Prev     More
© Copyright 2014 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.