Krishna defends denial of visa to Musharraf

Last Updated: Friday, December 3, 2010 - 21:43

Mandya (Karnataka): India on Friday said time was
not conducive to grant visa to former Pakistan President
Pervez Musharraf to visit the country.

"Time is not conducive at this point of time to grant visa
to the former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf. The
government, after weighing all options and taking into
consideration various issues, took a decision to deny the
visa", External Affairs Minister S M Krishna told reporters
here.
Krishna, on a private visit to his home district, however,
refused to be drawn into further discussion on the issue.

Musharraf, who wanted to visit India to attend a seminar
this weekend, was not given visa with official sources stating
the decision was taken after the Home Ministry had expressed
reservations over his visit due to his recent anti-India
statements.

The government, according to the sources, also did not
want convergence of elements opposed to the present government
in Pakistan on Indian soil for their activities.
Musharraf, living in self-exile in Britain, was invited to
attend a seminar by the Young Presidents Organisation, an
international outfit involving influential business leaders in
which he was among the guest speakers.

Asked about U.S. President Barack Ombama`s recent visit to
India, Krishna said it has helped the country on various
issues including its on-going effort to get a permanent seat
in UNSC.

He noted the support Obama extended for India`s bid for a
permanent UN Security Council seat.

PTI



First Published: Friday, December 3, 2010 - 21:43

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