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Call off dialogue with Pak: Sushma Swaraj

Slamming Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi`s statements, the BJP today demanded that Government call off the dialogue with Pakistan as the country cannot "bear insults again and again".



New Delhi: Slamming Pakistan Foreign
Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi`s statements, the BJP today
demanded that Government call off the dialogue with Pakistan
as the country cannot "bear insults again and again".

"I think the Foreign Minister of Pakistan does not
know the ABC of diplomacy. He has to learn the basic elements
of diplomacy i.e. courtesy and respect. You may or may not
agree with the other person but you cannot leave courtesy and
respect due to him," Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma
Swaraj said.

The opposition leader insisted this was not the first
time that the Pakistani side had behaved in this manner.

"Earlier when the Pakistan Foreign Secretary (Salman
Bashir) visited India and our Foreign Secretary gave some
dossiers to him on terrorists, he remarked that this was a
piece of literature," Swaraj said.

She alleged that the "same story" has been repeated
this time.

"Why should India bear insults again and again. The
time has come when India should call off this dialogue,"
Swaraj said.

Qureshi, when asked at a joint press conference with
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna in Islamabad last night
why Saeed was not being reined in by Pakistan from making
anti-India speeches, shot back: "I agree that both sides need
to create an enabling environment and not let the climate of
engagement be vitiated by negative propaganda.

"But, I want to know to what extent did the Indian
Home Secretary`s statement on the eve of this dialogue help?
We both(ministers) are of the opinion that it (G K Pillai`s
remarks) was uncalled for."

The BJP regretted that Home Secretary G K Pillai was
not "defended" by Krishna when he was "openly castigated"
by Qureshi.

"The Foreign Minister of Pakistan chose to attack
India`s Home Secretary. I regret he was not defended there by
India`s Foreign Minister," BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad
said.

Taking a dig at Krishna, Qureshi today said the
"Indian Foreign Minister received foreign policy directions
from New Delhi repeatedly during our meeting".

"I led Pakistan`s team and I didn`t need to make even
a single phone call (to Pakistan leaders) during the day-long
talks. Krishna is the principal for giving direction to
foreign policy (but) why were directions being sent repeatedly
from Delhi?," the Pakistan minister said.

-PTI

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