On Board Special Plane: Nursing the "hurt" caused by the death of Sarabjit Singh, India says the incident will cause a "setback" to the efforts to build relations with Pakistan and that there will be a "pause" in the engagement with it.
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said India will have to have a "calibrated" approach towards Pakistan and work to ensure that its mindset vis-a-vis this country changes for the better.
In an interview, he said the incident involving 49-year-old Sarabjit, who was brutally assaulted in a Pakistani jail, had agitated common people of India and it will take time to overcome.
Regrettably, Sarabjit`s death came just few months after another distressful incident in which Pakistani troops killed two Indian soldiers, including beheading one, in a cross-LoC attack in Jammu and Kashmir, he noted.
"It is unfortunate that it (Sarabjit`s death) has happened. We can`t tone down our feelings that have been expressed publicly by ordinary people. And obviously when you feel a sense of hurt and distress, it takes a little time to overcome," Khurshid said.
"What something like this does is that it causes a setback to the momentum of work you have done to bring about greater and more meaningful relationship. I think, obviously, the recent events will do the same," he said when asked whether the Indian prisoner`s death would have an impact on India-Pakistan relations.