‘Benazir admitted poor handling of Kashmir issue’

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 09:37

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Mani
Shankar Aiyar on Tuesday said former prime minister of Pakistan
Benazir Bhutto had "admitted to him of not having handled the
Kashmir issue correctly" in 1996.

"If Benazir Bhutto was alive today, it would have helped
India since she wanted a strong relationship between the two
countries."

"However, she agreed with me that when she became the
Prime Minister for the second term , she had not handled the
Kashmir issue correctly," Aiyar, also a former High
Commissioner to Pakistan, said at a function here.

Foreign Minister of Pakistan Hina Rabbani Khar had on her
visit to India stated the aim of the tour was to have an
"uninterrupted and uninterruptible dialogue".

Aiyar claimed the idea of such dialogue was first
mooted by him to Bhutto and she had liked it.

"She (Bhutto) had also liked my phrase of uninterupted
and uninterruptible dialogue, which was ironically used by
Khar during her visit to India," he said.

Aiyar said "engaging with Pakistan means engaging with
everything that embarrasses India and Pakistan. What
embarrasses India is Kashmir and what embarrasses Pakistan is
Balochistan," the former diplomat said.

He warned the two countries could turn into an unwanted
burden for each other if "reasonable relations" were not
built.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 09:37

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