Krishna, Qureshi to attend CHOGM, but meeting unlikely

Last Updated: Friday, November 27, 2009 - 09:29

Port of Spain: Unhappy with the behaviour
of Pakistan over terrorism, particularly Mumbai attacks, India
is not too keen to have a Foreign Ministerial meeting with
Pakistan even though both S M Krishna and his counterpart Shah
Mahmood Qureshi are here to attend an international summit.

Sources said though India is not averse to talks with
Pakistan at any level, but these serve no purpose on the
ground given the attitude of Pakistan.

"No meeting has been scheduled as of now, neither has
any been formally sought by Pakistan," a source said here when
asked whether Krishna and Qureshi would have a bilateral
meeting on the sidelines of Commonwealth Heads of Government
Meeting (CHOGM), a grouping of 53 former British colonies.

Qureshi, who is representing his country in place of
President Asif Ali Zardari, has publicly stated that he would
like to meet Krishna and discuss issues of mutual concern.

Asked whether there could still be a possibility of a
pull-aside interaction as both the ministers would be at the
same venue for three days, the sources said nothing could be
ruled out. They, however, promptly added that substantive
meetings serve no purpose in terms of translating words into
action by Pakistan.

They were referring to the meeting Krishna had with
Qureshi in New York on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in
September during which the Pakistani leader gave assurance of
doing everything to bring to justice the perpetrators of
Mumbai attacks.

Krishna and Qureshi were again together in Kabul
earlier this month during the swearing-in of President Hamid
Karzai for the second month. During a lunch hosted by Afghan
Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Krishna enquired from
Qureshi about the progress in the Mumbai attacks case and
impressed upon him the need to speed it up.

India feels that the punishment to the culprits,
however, still seems to be distant dream, considering the slow
pace of legal process, that has been interrupted by technical
hiccups, in Pakistan.

New Delhi is further disappointed by Islamabad`s
attitude in connection with the arrest of Laskhar-e-Toiba
operatives David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Rana,
Pakistani-origin nationals, held by the FBI in Chicago last
month for planning major attacks in India.

On the basis of inputs from FBI, Pakistan has arrested
a number of people having links with Headley and Rana but
India has heard nothing officially from Pakistan in this
connection. This attitude, the sources point out, is despite
Pakistan`s repeated assurances by Pakistan to cooperate in
fighting terrorism directed against India.

Krishna, in the meanwhile, has met his Sri Lankan
counterpart Rohitha Bogollagama here and discussed the latest
developments in Sri Lanka, particularly with regard to
rehabilitation of displaced Tamils.

-PTI



First Published: Friday, November 27, 2009 - 09:29

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