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Updated: August 13, 2013 11:47 IST

India wants Pak to take responsibility for LoC killings

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Army soldiers patrol near the LoC in Uri district. India on Sunday said it wants the Pakistan Government to take responsibility for killing of five of its soldiers on the LoC and asserted that all issues will be factored in “objectively” in dealing with the neighbouring country. File photo
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Army soldiers patrol near the LoC in Uri district. India on Sunday said it wants the Pakistan Government to take responsibility for killing of five of its soldiers on the LoC and asserted that all issues will be factored in “objectively” in dealing with the neighbouring country. File photo

India on Sunday said it wants the Pakistan Government to take responsibility for killing of five of its soldiers on the LoC and asserted that all issues will be factored in “objectively” in dealing with the neighbouring country.

Noting that Pakistan government will remain responsible for any such incidents, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said India has done a “lot more” to contribute to the peace process and insisted that the neighbouring country must take responsibility for the LoC incident.

“The responsibility must rest with the government. Our meeting point is the civilian elected government of Pakistan, not the Pakistan Army or any other agency,” he said.

Referring to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s statement on killing of five Indian soldiers, Mr. Khurshid rued that there was no indication of acceptance of responsibility for the attack.

“One element is that the regret about what has happened, which has certainly been mentioned. But, there is no indication of acceptance of responsibility.

“Whether I can expect or not, we have said that we expect responsibility. That hasn’t happened, one. Two, the other concern of what we have been expecting...culpability for what happened in Mumbai. There in no indication of that. And, finally, the statement doesn’t take into account, the outreach and the extra mile that India has periodically gone to overcome great difficulties posed,” Mr. Khurshid told Karan Thapar on Devil’s Advocate programme of CNN-IBN.

Asked whether he was looking forward for a meeting between Prime Ministers of the two countries on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York next month, Mr. Khurshid did not give a direct reply.

“If Prime Minister of our country takes a position, it is fair that we let our Prime Minister take a position,” he said.

Asked whether the attack was an attempt to derail the talks between the two countries, he said there may be such possibility but added that it does not take the responsibility away from Pakistan Government for the incident.

“Like people in the know of relationship between India and Pakistan have suggested this and I think this is a plausible explanation but not an explanation that would take the responsibility away from the government of Pakistan. The Government of Pakistan will remain responsible for anything that happens,” Mr. Khurshid said.

“They may or may not have an issue with somebody in Pakistan on it but as far as we are concerned, they remain responsible. But the thesis is a plausible thesis,” he said.

Responding to a question on progress on bilateral ties, he said, “There cannot be a symmetry of assessment of what we’ve done or what they’ve done. I think we’ve done a lot more to contribute to the peace process.”

“I think these are Pakistan Prime Minister’s statement issues one need to reflect upon. These are issues we can’t give an immediate reaction but at least I have flagged them for you to say that we’d like to consider this, maybe something else will happen. Let’s just wait for the right time.”

On BJP’s criticism of the government’s handling of the killing of five Indian soldiers, he said, “We are a little clever than the BJP on this. BJP must understand that what they think is a moment of triumph for them over the government is actually a moment of lacking in glory, because it’s actually a moment that compromises what India should be doing.”

“We are not under pressure from the press or anybody else ...we’ll do what we think is correct thing to do for the nation. Having said that, a responsible government need to take into account every thing that happens, factor it in, look at its implications, analyse it and then objectively decide in national interest.”

On approaching Pakistan Army Chief Kayani on cross border issues, he said, it will be “wrong” for India go beyond the civilian government.

“Our policies need to be directly in association with the elected civilian government. I think it will be wrong for us to go beyond the civilian government, since we hold the civilian government responsible and representative of Pak people and they must answer. Something goes wrong, it’s their responsibility.”

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Perhaps, India should radically change its approach. For a change, we should agree with the World view that, neither the Military nor Nawaz Sharif wants problems with India because they are unable to cope with their own problems. Perhaps, the time has come to join hands with them and help sort out the terrorist mess. This LOC incident could have been the handy work of people who care little about the Pakistan Military or Sharif. Unfortunately, we have been involved in blaming the Military, ISI etc for so long that this radical approach may be hard. But, times have changed. A crisis in Pakistan now may need such an enlightened approach

from:  sridhar
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 00:24 IST

enough with this government replace jawans in loc with ministry of
external affairs with ak 47 in hand then only they will know what it is
like ..bilateral talks seems to be ineffictive now.What word the
government want to hear is "responsibility" and that too is missing from
pakistan's statement instead the message indian govermnent should convey
be "If u cant take care of what happens in your area then let us handle
it we have lost enough lives and we had enough of your talks"

from:  Abhishek Bhatt
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 00:10 IST

Congratulations to Mr. Kurshid for making such a bold and courageous statement!

from:  Sekher
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 22:31 IST

What a weak response to the attack by Pakistan. Does anyone think that Pakistan will accept responsibility for the repeated attack? I suppose even if they accept that they conducted the attack all that India can do is to wring its hands and beg them not do so in future.

from:  krishna
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 22:07 IST

The only Biryani will be served.

from:  Anil Agrawal
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 21:32 IST

It was brave of the Foreign Minister to have spoken in this way and
also correct up to a point. What happens if the Pakistan Prime
Minister does not oblige India by owning up responsibility for the
killing of five Indian jawans at the LoC? There is much writing in
the Pakistan press which does not put responsibility for the killings
on the Pakistan Government. It is unlikely that Nawaz Sharif can go
as far as Salman Khurshid wants him to go. Indian newspaper reports
of Nawaz Sharif’s statement on this said that he was ‘sad’ at the
deaths at the LoC, but he did not express ‘regret’ that this
happened, nor that he was sorry that Pakistan Army had killed five
Indian jawans. I am afraid Khurshid will eat up his words and we may
still see the Indian Government climbing down to start talking with
the Pakistan Government, perhaps under foreign pressure.

from:  V. C. Bhutani
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 20:47 IST

Every Indian knows that Pakistan is responsible for the Cross Border
Terrorism , Infiltration Across the Border and boosting Terror and
Terrorism in India .Pakistan should own the responsibility .

Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 20:44 IST

A meaningless statement of the foreign minister.What purpose will be
served if Pak accepts responsibility.A spineless nation speaks like

from:  Ram Vilas Prasad
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 20:38 IST

Yaa we shouldnt take a strong steps like just attack on pak but we have to take some strong steps. In all film America baking his chhapati, he is selling biggest weapons and making money by war. And pussing us like puppy. These dual nature is bed and simoultaniously we have to massage to America also.

from:  Vishwas saikhedkar
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 20:12 IST

Use force like the Jews did in 1967 war do or die.
Give the army the work and let the politicians talk and discuss after the take over or shut the problems.
Eye for eye tooth for tooth, we have more eyes and more tooth to look and bite, use it .PM taking in UN is fine and make it happen, our eyes and tooth/teeth are aching to look more( snipers) and bite more.

from:  Maslia
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 18:32 IST
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