Don't expect much from Indo-Pak talks: Krishna

Don't expect much from Indo-Pak talks: Krishna

Delhi cautious after arrest of key 26/11 plotter


In the aftermath of the arrest of a key 26/11 plotter by the Delhi Police, India on Monday took a cautious approach to the engagements with Pakistan and made it clear that no significant headway could be expected as the neighbouring country was going through political upheavals.

“These problems (issues between India and Pakistan) have been there for the last 60 years and you do not expect big solutions in six days or six weeks or in six months,” External Affairs Minister S M Krishna told mediapersons in New Delhi soon after the arrest of Lashkar-e-Toiba operative Syed Zabiuddin alias Abu Jundal at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here was made public.

Krishna’s remarks came at a time when New Delhi and Islamabad were preparing for Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai’s parleys with his Pakistani counterpart Jalil Abbas Jilani early next month.

The two foreign secretaries are expected to discuss humanitarian matters, peace and security, including confidence building measures and disputes over Jammu and Kashmir. They will also review the outcome of the talks held so far in the second round of the dialogues that resumed last year after the end of the post 26/11 diplomatic chill.

But with Abu Jundal’s interrogation expected to throw more lights on the role of certain elements of Pakistani state agencies in plotting the November 26, 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, New Delhi went cautious, apparently in anticipation of the implications of the arrested LeT operative’s disclosures on its engagements with Islamabad.

“I think whole thrust is to keep Pakistan engaged and keep talking to them. They are also going through many upheavals in that country. So we will have to provide space for them to settle down and India which is a stable country and growing will have to think,” said Krishna.

The minister was obviously referring to last week’s verdict of Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualification of Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani. 

The lack of progress in talks and political upheavals in Pakistan also cast a shadow of uncertainty over Krishna’s proposed visit to Islamabad.


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