A meeting between Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday concluded without a major breakthrough in the context of composite dialogue, with Krishna linking “a sustained dialogue process” to Pakistan’s action against terrorists.

“I utilised the opportunity to convey to Foreign Minister Qureshi our appreciation that for a sustained dialogue process to succeed, it is essential to ensure an environment free of violence, terrorism,” Krishna told a press conference after a meeting with Qureshi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Krishna said he held “useful, constructive and candid” talks with Qureshi, but neither side announced a timeframe for the resumption of full-fledged peace talks between the neighbours.

Krishna said both countries had agreed to continue “purposeful negotiations … India is intent on making meaningful the bilateral ties”. He, however, said there was no need for back-channel diplomacy with the “front channel open”, reported a private TV channel.

He said, “Front channels are open for diplomacy between the two countries … accordingly, back channel diplomacy is not needed.”

Krishna said India would monitor the action taken by Pakistan against those involved in the Mumbai terror attacks. He reiterated that quarters involved in the attack were “present in Pakistan”.

“The extremists present in Pakistan pose a threat to India,” he said. “We have told the Pakistani foreign minister of the terror groups present in Pakistan, and he assured us that they would not allow their soil to be used against India and that strict action would be taken against the Mumbai suspects.”

Krishna, however, said that issues related to an insurgency in Balochistan were not discussed at the meeting.

Qureshi told the media that Pakistan wanted good relations with its neighbours, including India. He also said that both countries agreed to continue “meaningful engagement and purposeful negotiations”.

The minister said he discussed the situation before and after the Mumbai attacks and the way forward.

Qureshi briefed his counterpart on the headway Pakistan had made in the investigation into the Mumbai attacks, and said Islamabad was taking action against the perpetrators of the attack, with the hearing of a case against them scheduled to begin on October 3. He termed the meeting with the Indian external affairs minister successful.

Qureshi said issues related to Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek and the Wullar Barrage were also discussed at the meeting.

He also said that he had proposed to his Indian counterpart a roadmap to continue bilateral talks, as “talks are the only way to move forward”. agencies/daily times monitor


* India urges swifter action against terror, speeding up of probe into 26/11 attacks

* Pakistan maintains talks cannot remain limited to terrorism alone

* Krishna says Balochistan issue not raised in Sunday’s talks

* Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek, Wullar Barrage and water disputes among issues discussed

* Krishna admits need to cultivate deeper, long-term ties based on mutual interest

* New Delhi against NPT, wants
complete nuclear disarmament