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Updated: April 11, 2012 03:10 IST

Hina Rabbani Khar not to quit, clarifies Pak

Anita Joshua
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Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar
AFP Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar

Amid growing speculations about Hina Rabbani Khar being removed as Foreign Minister, the Prime Minister’s House clarified late on Tuesday night that no such change was in the offing. Speculation about Ms. Khar’s removal from the key post began gaining currency since Sunday when Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani remarked that a new team would carry forward bilateral talks with India.

Speaking to reporters in Lahore on Sunday – soon after Mr. Zardari concluded his India visit – Mr. Gilani said a fresh team would carry forward bilateral talks to resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir. He did not elaborate further on what he meant by a fresh team but this was enough grist to the rumour mills.

Explaining that statement in view of the various interpretations it spawned, the spokesman for the Prime Minister’s House said: "By 'new team', the Prime Minister meant the new Foreign Secretary and Designate High Commissioner to New Delhi Mr. Salman Bashir."

Earlier, The News had reported that there was speculation within the Foreign Office that Ms. Khar may be on her way out and given a new portfolio in the upcoming cabinet reshuffle that could take place either this week or the next. Her non-inclusion in the President’s delegation to India added to this speculation.

Since Ms. Khar is a recent entrant to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), her rapid elevation to one of the most high profile offices in Pakistan has caused considerable disgruntlement within the party; especially among the old-timers. Many of her colleagues in the PPP from south Punjab have apparently ganged up against her.

Ms. Khar was elevated to Foreign Minister just ahead of her India visit last year as it was generally felt that the crucial ministerial engagement in New Delhi should be between equals.

The speculations notwithstanding, Ms. Khar went about doing her job on Tuesday; including keeping her scheduled appointment with Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah.

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Although we acknowledge that the communal divide was created by the
British,to keep things in check and give them control over our
affairs, we still cannot do much for the following 2 reasons
1. The seed of communal sentiments have been bored so deeply that it
may take generations before we collectively fight to alleviate this
effect
2. There are outside interests in keeping us this way to meet their
own political and economical goals

from:  Rishi
Posted on: Apr 12, 2012 at 00:01 IST

Very good comments. A united South Asia is the solution towards peace
and prosperity. India and Pakistan should focus on this goal along
with all the other SAARC states. The Sri Lankan regime has to be
replaced because it is a deterrent to communal harmony due to its war
crimes against the Tamils of Sri Lanka. Once the Rajapakse regime is
dispatched to The Hague to stand trial for war crimes, the new Sri
Lankan unity government can work with the other SAARC states towards
unity in South Asia. India should give priority to SAARC ahead of
BRICS and other regional groupings since India can only be secure and
prosper when all its immediate neighbours are also prospering.

from:  Bart Namboodhiri
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 22:51 IST

You dig into history and you find that by and large people in this sub-continent are friendly, cutting across religious divides. A focused analysis would show that ruling-class, be it despots or politicians, have turned religions against each other. Hope Rabbani would be able to dilute the sour in our relations.

from:  Ram Mehrotra
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 12:53 IST

Hina Rabbani continues to be Pakistan's foreign minister to the dismay of rumour mills.The lady's unassuming ways won her many friends in India.

from:  Gajanan Taman
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 09:51 IST

The British Policy of Divide and Rule has ruined the peaceful coexistence of so many Religions, Communities, sects and sub sects in South Asia. Let us hope that the people and Politicians will learn to Unite and Prosper. The United States Of South Asia would be a great source of Peace and Prosperit for Humanity as a whole.

from:  Balakrishna Shenoy
Posted on: Apr 10, 2012 at 23:52 IST

The British Policy of Divide and Rule has ruined the peaceful coexistence of so many Religions, Communities, sects and sub sects in South Asia. Let us hope that the people and Politicians will learn to Unite and Prosper. The United States Of South Asia would be a great source of Peace and Prosperit for Humanity as a whole.

from:  Balakrishna Shenoy
Posted on: Apr 10, 2012 at 23:51 IST
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