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.

PTI



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

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