New Delhi: India on Thursday said the Foreign
Minister-level talks with Pakistan will take place as
scheduled, a day after the Mumbai blasts which, it said, were
a "grim reminder" that terror was a "continued" threat to the
"They are (on schedule). There is no change in the
scheduled visits of (US) Secretary (Hillary) Clinton or the
Foreign Minister of Pakistan," External Affairs Minister SM
Krishna told reporters when asked whether the India-Pakistan
Foreign Minister-level talks were on schedule.
He condemned the "dastardly and heinous attacks on
Mumbai" and said that the State will do everything within its
power to bring the guilty to justice at the earliest.
"This is yet another grim reminder to everyone in this
region and our country that terror is a continuing threat to
India and it is necessary for all Indians to be ever vigilant
of these terrorist attacks," he said.
"I condemn these dastardly and heinous attacks on
Mumbai where precious lives were lost and a number of our
brothers and sisters are injured. I join the nation in
mourning the deaths and conveying heartfelt condolences to
members of the bereaved families," he said.
Krishna was interacting with the media on the
sidelines of his talks with Burhanuddin Rabbani, Chairman of
the High Peace Council of Afghanistan.
Krishna is expected to hold talks with the Pakistan
Foreign Minister towards the end of this month to review the
progress of the bilateral peace process that was revived
earlier this year.
Ahead of the ministerial talks, the foreign secretaries
of the two countries are expected to hold discussions.
Krishna`s remarks come in the backdrop of three serial
bomb blasts in Mumbai last evening that left 18 people dead
and 81 injured.
Rabbani, also a former Afghanistan President, expressed
sincere condolences on the innocent lives lost in the Mumbai
"Allow me to express sincere condolences to the precious
lives lost in Mumbai. I think this is also an indication that
there people of Afghanistan and the people of the region are
victims of the violence that has spread throughout the
region," Rabbani said.
Noting that terrorism was not limited to one nation or
one country, he said, "It is now a big threat to the countries
in the region and the wider global community".
Rabbani said military was not the only solution to
overcome the violence and extremism. "We have to find a
political process to overcome the difficulty of terrorism," he
The former Afghan president said he believed that Afghans
should not be used against Afghans. "They should not be
victims in the hands of others to be used against our own
people," he said and stressed on the role of regional
countries in promoting peace in Afghanistan.
Rabbani underlined several initiatives taken by India for
development of various sectors like education, infrastructure
and agriculture in his war-ravaged country.
"We attach high importance to the efforts of the
Government of India to promote peace in the region," he said.