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`India ready to discuss all issues with Pak`

India is willing to discuss everything with Pakistan in a "step-by-step" approach to resolve differences with the neighbouring country, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said Thursday.



New Delhi: India Thursday expressed readiness to
discuss everything with Pakistan through a "step-by-step"
approach but asked it to rein in jehadis whose anti-India
propaganda was not helping in bridging trust deficit.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said Pakistan
should understand India`s "broad gestures" for developing
friendly relations.

"We want a step-by-step approach for resolving
differences with Pakistan. Therefore we are willing to discuss
everything with them," he said replying to questions in
the Rajya Sabha.

When S S Ahluwalia (BJP) sought to know whether India
would talk about Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek, he said, "We
have taken a decision that India is willing to discuss
everything including the three subjects you mentioned.

We have nothing to be afraid of. Our conscience is clear.
Our stand is very clear. We have nothing to be afraid of. So,
why should we shy away from meeting our Pakistani
counterparts."

Queried by BJP members why the government was pushing for
dialogue despite anti-India jehadi activities, he said, "We
have tried to bring it to the attention of Pakistan government
to the repeated effort by jehadi forces in Pakistan, which are
pouring venom on India and engaging in hate-India propaganda
day in and day out.

"I conveyed to Pakistan that this certainly does not help
in building confidence among ourselves or reducing the trust
deficit."

He said if India and Pakistan were to live like good
neighbours, "then these activities need to cease."

At the same time, India would like to carry on with the
dialogue with Pakistan, Krishna said, noting that he had
invited Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to
India, dates for which are to be worked out.

"Let the House understand that whatever decisions have
been taken, have been taken with full responsibility," he
said.

"We would like to have good relations with Pakistan. But
Pakistan will have to deeply introspect to the broad gestures
of India," he said, when asked how India would take the
dialogue process forward in view situation in Kashmir and ISI
role in promoting terrorist activities.

Referring to his talks with Qureshi in Islamabad on July
15, he said several humanitarian issues were also discussed,
like release of fishermen of both countries who invariably
cross international waters.

"We also discussed increasing people to people contact,
exchange programmes of students and Vice Chancellors and
expanding trade and commerce," Krishna said.

PTI

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