Air needs to be cleared for things to go forward, Khurshid tells Pak.

"For peaceful dialogue to proceed, we need an environment free of violence and terror."

August 13, 2013 07:01 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 09:31 pm IST - New Delhi

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday said that the goverment has given clear indications that talks with Pakistan will be difficult in the backdrop of the continuing tensions on the Line of Control. File photo

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday said that the goverment has given clear indications that talks with Pakistan will be difficult in the backdrop of the continuing tensions on the Line of Control. File photo

India has given clear indications that talks with Pakistan will be difficult in the backdrop of the continuing tensions on the Line of Control, with both sides claiming ceasefire violations and deaths, including those of five Indian soldiers in a sneak attack from Pakistan earlier this month.

“There is a lot of sense of disappointment. There is anger and I think the air needs to get clear before we can start giving responses to many things that are half done. We first need to get back to normal and there are steps that need to be taken by the Pakistani side before we can start addressing these issues,” said External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday evening.

Earlier in the day, Syed Akbaruddin, spokesman of the External Affairs Ministry, called on Pakistan to abide by its Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s “publicly-articulated commitment” to seek a relationship of peace, friendship and cooperation with India. It must not allow its territory to be used for anti-India activities.

The problem was the frequent instances of “unprovoked firing” from across the border whereas India feels upholding the sanctity of the LoC was the most important confidence building measure between the two countries, Mr. Akbaruddin told newspersons at an official briefing.

“For peaceful dialogue to proceed, we need an environment free of violence and terror. And certainly what has happened last week doesn’t fit into that. That said there was no timeline [for holding of talks]... We are considering these things and have factored in all subsequent developments also. We will take a call in due time,” he said.

He admitted Pakistan had suggested dates for Secretary-level talks on two of the outstanding issues. These would have preceded a proposed meeting between the two Prime Ministers towards the end of next month. While India was committed to resolving all outstanding issues through dialogue, “in the current context and the events of last week, we see that the upholding of the sanctity of the LoC is vital,” he said.

Top News Today

Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.