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Composite dialogue difficult now: Nirupama

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Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir during a meeting in New Delhi. She said, on Monday, that resumption of dialogue with Pak difficult in current situation. File Photo: PTI
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir during a meeting in New Delhi. She said, on Monday, that resumption of dialogue with Pak difficult in current situation. File Photo: PTI

Voicing concern over Pakistan's inaction against perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks, including Hafiz Saeed, India on Tuesday warned that its restraint should not be confused with weakness and said it was “very, very difficult” to resume the composite dialogue at present.

“... please realise that there are groups in Pakistan that continue to follow an agenda of violence, of hatred,” Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in response to a question from a Lahore-based Pakistani national who asked why India was refusing to restart the composite dialogue with Pakistan, which itself was a victim of terrorism.

“I did not want to bring the name of Hafiz Saeed and Jamaat-ud-Dawah and the LeT ... we feel [they] continue to roam, to speak, to be allowed unhindered access to media, to channels to communicate that agenda [of violence]… that effects us, our people are concerned about it,” Ms. Rao said.

'We’ve suffered for long’

The general feeling in India right now is: “We have suffered too much for too long,” she said.

“It is very, very difficult to be convinced in such a situation that we should set aside these concerns and just move on. And that is why, I said when you talk of resuming composite dialogue [it] becomes very, very difficult to do that in the current situation,” Ms. Rao said.

At the same time, she said the door for talks with Pakistan had never been shut.

Export controls

Speaking at the seventh meeting of the U.S.-India high-technology cooperation group here, Ms. Rao asked the U.S. to further streamline its rigid export controls, saying that barriers continued to hamper transfer of high technology.

Ms. Rao spoke of India's keenness that Washington further streamline its export controls, as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce Kevin Wolf gave an update on export control issues affecting U.S.-India trade.

Besides key officials, the group meeting was attended by major business leaders of the two countries

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For Pakistan to say that it can not guarantee that their authorities could control Islamic terrorism springing from its soil directed against India and still wants India to have the composite dialogue to talk about Kashmir means that it will use terrorism to grab, if India does not hand-over the remaining part of Kashmir to Pakistan. This is nothing but naked use of terrorism as an instrument of Pakistan's state policy as it has been since 1947. While India does not and should not aspire any inch of Pakistani territory under its sovereignty now, India should be prepared to deal with Pakistan accordingly and appropriately if they want to have peace, stability, and growth in the 21st century.

from:  Dr. Solomoln Selvam
Posted on: Mar 16, 2010 at 23:10 IST

We have seen time and again, whenever there is a terrorist strike emanating from Pakistani soil against India, the Indian government refuses to talk to Pakistani government. How is this strategy of 'no-talking to Pakistan after a terrorist strike' going to help us get rid of the menace of Terrorism?

It is quite clear that Pakistan government has little control over things that go on in Pakistan. Army, ISI, LeT run their own writ; they have their own jurisdiction which sometimes overshadows the Pakistani government. We should understand that shutting down Jamat-ul-Dawa or the Lashkar is not in the power of the government of Pakistan, and we should stop expecting it to do it. We should also understand that Jamat and Lashkar are popular movements supported by the people of Pakistan. We need to urgently start thinking about reducing this hate-India movement amongst the minds of average Pakistani citizens. We should also do something about the hate-Pakistan mindset of majority of Indians! Then we can have a peaceful continent and atmosphere conducive for mutual benefit and development.

from:  Vijay A
Posted on: Mar 16, 2010 at 17:36 IST

We need to be more vocal and direct. Pakistan suffering terrorism is their own making - no foreign power or enemy involved. Their own Army/ISI keeps the civilian government at bay and also makes Pakistani public believe that civilian government is not functioning. Let us not equate the terrorism faced by India, primarily because of Pakistan and the terrorism faced by Pakistan because of Pakistan itself.

I would not trust USA. USA/PAK are hand in glove. CIA-ISI are a perfect match. I think USA-PAK alliance is the weirdest of all alliances we have seen. There is absolutely no reason or point to engage with Pakistan and they must be declared enemy state and borders fiercely and mercilessly protected against infiltration. This would in fact help the USA, if their war on Taliban is true on the western front of Pakistan.

from:  A.S.Kumar
Posted on: Mar 16, 2010 at 13:28 IST
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