Indo-Pak talks shouldn`t be judged as `2+2=4`, Malik tweets
Last Updated: Sunday, July 18, 2010, 16:01
Islamabad: With India and Pakistan engaging in war of words post-July 15 parleys between their Foreign Ministers, Interior Minister Rehman Malik today tweeted that the talks should not be judged "mathematically like 2+2=4" but should be seen as a "positive step".

"It is time for exchange of hearts. Let us sow seeds of love and peace, so that future generations have only the option to reap love, and noting but love....Let us save our future generations from the disease of hate and terrorism," Malik, who has nearly 3,500 followers, said in his latest Twitter posting.

His soothing comments came amid exchange of barbs between External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi following their meeting here on Thursday last.

Malik, who had a meeting with Home Minister P Chidambaram on the margins of the SAARC Interior Ministers' conference here last month, said that they both "will move forward in terms of delivery of commitments based on what we agreed."

"The roadmap of commitment and performance between me and H.E Mr Chidambaram is fully intact," he said in his message posted on the social networking website.

"Pak-India talks should not be judged mathematically like 2+2=4 but be assessed with past political and diplomatic rival history of two countries in view," Malik said.

He said: "We should be happy that Pakistan and India are now at least interacting on the core issues. Hence meeting between the two FMs should be viewed as a positive step."

Separately, Malik told reporters at the Interior Ministry yesterday that a roadmap prepared by him and Chidambaram was still intact and "good results" were expected soon.

Referring to his June 25 talks with Chidambaram, Malik said: "I and Chidambaram sahab met, we have agreed (on) a roadmap and that roadmap is intact. We don't like terrorism.

(We) will not allow anyone to use Pakistani soil against any other country."

He said the roadmap finalised by him and Chidambaram is expected to produce "good results" soon but did not give details.


First Published: Sunday, July 18, 2010, 16:01

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