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MEA was briefed on Headley

Home Minister P Chidambaram had briefed the CCS, where External Affairs Minister S M Krishna was present, on the interrogation report of LeT operative David Headley before visiting Pakistan for the SAARC conference last month.



New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram had
briefed the Cabinet Committee on Security, where External
Affairs Minister S M Krishna was present, on the interrogation
report of LeT operative David Headley before visiting Pakistan
for the SAARC Interior Minister`s conference last month.

Government sources said contrary to reports that the
Home Ministry did not keep the External Affairs Ministry in
the loop about the Headley interrogation the details were
shared in a meeting of the CCS.
Krishna was present in the meeting and copies of the
interrogation report were sent to all concerned, including NSA
Shivshankar Menon.

Besides, the sources said, India`s High Commissioner to
Pakistan and a "note taker" from Islamabad mission were
present in all but one meetings that Indian delegation had
with Pakistan when Chidambarm visited that country last month.

"Except the one-on-one meeting between Home Minister
Chidambaram and Pakistan`s Interior Minister Rehman
Malik, in all the other meetings the High Commissioner and a
`note taker` from the mission were present. So they are privy
to all information that the delegation discussed with
Pakistan," the sources said.

They said last week`s Foreign Minister-level talks
between India and Pakistan was heading nowhere as the
Pakistan Army did not want them to succeed.

Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood
Qureshi were said to have made good progress during their
first session of talks which started at 11 am and lasted for
nearly five hours, well beyond the schedule. The two also had
a working lunch.
Krishna`s schedule was to leave call on Prime Minister
Yousuf Raza Gilani before his meeting with President Asif Ali
Zardari at the Presidential palace.

Just 15 minutes prior to his departure, Krishna was
informed that the order has been reversed and the call on
Zardari will precede.

Meanwhile, Pakistan`s powerful army Chief Ashfaq Pervez
Kayani met the Prime Minister during the time Krishna was to
called on Gilani.

However, when the talks resumed after Krishna`s two
call-ons, the atmosphere totally changed and Pakistan took a
strident posture leading to the deadlock at the talks.

PTI

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