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Updated: July 6, 2012 12:41 IST

Unwanted then, he gets the red carpet now

Sandeep Dikshit
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Pakistan Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani with Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani after a recent meeting at High Commission of Pakistan, in New Delhi. Photo: PTI
PTI Pakistan Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani with Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani after a recent meeting at High Commission of Pakistan, in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

Less than a decade ago, the Indian government had declared him persona non grata and given him 48 hours to leave the country. He was Pakistan’s senior-most diplomat in New Delhi then. Two days ago, when Jalil Abbas Jilani arrived back in the Indian capital, this time as the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, that nasty episode in India-Pakistan relations was a dim memory on the red carpet that was rolled out for him.

It was in February 2003, during a particularly adversarial spell in India-Pakistan ties, that Mr. Jilani, then Chargé d'Affaires at the Pakistan High Commission, was summoned by the External Affairs Ministry here and told to pack his bags because his activities were “not in keeping with his diplomatic status.” Four others in the Pakistan High Commission were expelled along with him.

Though no official reasons for the expulsion were given, reports quoting unnamed official sources spread the allegation that Mr. Jilani had been caught handing out cash to an activist of Hurriyat, which was in the crosshairs of the Indian establishment at that time for sustaining an especially violent period in Kashmir.

It is rare for a country to expel the topmost diplomat of another country in this way. India’s action seemed not too well thought out because in diplomacy, as in politics, little is permanent.

Within a year, New Delhi, somewhat to its embarrassment, found itself dealing with the man it had expelled . Mr. Jilani was the chief co-ordinating officer for the 2004 SAARC summit in Islamabad and it was on the sidelines of that summit that India and Pakistan decided to begin talks. As Director-General(South Asia) in the Pakistan Foreign Office, Mr. Jilani, who is counted among his country’s best diplomats, was a key official in those talks until 2007, when he left to take up a posting as the High Commissioner to Canberra.

Not surprisingly, there were no more leaks in the Indian media about his alleged links with the Hurriyat. Unlike in 2003, when Mr. Jilani had made an unceremonious exit over the Wagah border back into his country, this time he was received warmly at the same border, and again at the New Delhi airport on Tuesday. That very evening Mr. Jilani met the representatives of the Hurriyat. Though the Ministry of External Affairs was disapproving, no Delhi police team was waiting to pounce on him this time.

In fact, this was Mr. Jilani's second visit to India after he took charge as Foreign Secretary in March. He was part of the presidential entourage that accompanied Asif Ali Zardari on a day's visit to the capital and Ajmer on April 8.

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To ,Ravi Srivastava
When will this war end?

>> What? Are you fool? War (as a matter of fact any activity) is always profitable to certain group. So don't expect it to end, but expect otherwise.

Thanks for understading GREED.

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Jul 6, 2012 at 19:48 IST

Hello friends,

This is quite shameful that after 65 years of independence India and Pakistan are still figting with each other. When will this war end? Now, it has crossed all the limits. Its a lack of political will which is causing the all the problems. India and Pakistan both have shown hypocritic tendency.

Now. there has to be the end of the war.

from:  Ravi Srivastava
Posted on: Jul 6, 2012 at 11:20 IST
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