Both sides stuck to `divergent` positions: Khar
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar described the outcome of her bilateral talks in New Delhi as "positive and constructive".
Lahore: Back from her visit to India,
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Thursday described
the outcome of her bilateral talks in New Delhi as "positive
and constructive" but added that neither of the two sides
deviated from their stated political positions.
Talking to reporters at Lahore airport on her return
from Delhi, she also said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
desired to resolve all outstanding issues with Pakistan.
"None of us (India and Pakistan) deviated from our
stated legal and political positions. Our stated position is
divergent," Khar said.
"Shall we have to continue this divergence and reach
to a point where we start considering each other enemy?" she
asked and was quick to add: "It is in our interest to
normalise relations with India".
However, the young foreign minister described the
outcome of her talks with her Indian counterpart S M Krishna
as "positive and constructive" and said the two sides agreed
continue dialogue without any hiccup.
She further said that Prime Minister Singh had
accepted her invitation to visit Pakistan.
"The Indian prime minister wants to resolve all
outstanding issues including Kashmir," she said.
To a question about the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008,
Khar said it was a big incident and Pakistan was not making
any intentional delay to prosecute the culprits.
"There has been no intentional delay, let me tell you.
The difference is in the outlook (at it from Indian side),"
To another query, Khar said: "Shall we (India and
Pakistan) continue to have differences between us for more and
more years to come involving our new generations? Lets give
peace a chance".
Hina also stated that her meeting with Kashmiri
separatists a day before the bilateral talks was criticised in
"My meeting with Kashmiri leaders was minded in New
When asked whether she raised the water issue with
India, she said Indus Water Treaty should be "preserved" and
that was extremely important to resolve any issue related to