India rejects Pak contention; says burning issues discussed

India rejects Pak contention; says burning issues discussed

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna rebuffed his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi for comparing Home Secretary G K Pillai with JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, saying there was "absolutely no comparison" between the two.

Hours after Qureshi accused the Indian delegation to the Foreign Ministers' meeting yesterday in Islamabad of carrying a limited mandate to discuss issues, Krishna said that "our mandate was very clear".

"There was no ambiguity. As External Affairs Minister leading this delegation, I have confined myself to the mandate given to me and I am quite satisfied," he told reporters at the IGI airport here shortly on arrival from Islamabad.

To a question on what were the gains of his visit, Krishna said, "the very fact that I went to Islamabad and I talked about core issues in our relationship...if you consider it as a gain, I am ready to along with it.

"We talked about some of the burning issues that confront the two countries. To that extent that we have contributed in a manner where the trust deficit is getting reduced as part of the Confidence Building Measure," he said.

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