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Qureshi unwilling to visit India unless talks result-oriented

Last Updated: Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 00:17

Islamabad: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood
Qureshi on Saturday upped the ante by saying he was unwilling to
travel to New Delhi for talks unless India is prepared to hold
a "meaningful, constructive and result-oriented" dialogue to
resolve outstanding issues with Pakistan.

"I do not want to visit India for a leisure trip. I
want to go for meaningful, constructive and result-oriented
talks if the right atmosphere prevails and if they are fully
prepared (for talks)," Qureshi said after addressing a joint
news conference with visiting British Minister Sayeeda Warsi.
He was responding to a question from reporters on
whether he would travel to New Delhi for talks in view of
Indian government`s current position.

Following a meeting with Qureshi in Islamabad on
Thursday, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna had announced
that he had invited his Pakistani counterpart to visit India
for the next round of their parleys.

Qureshi reiterated his assertion that Krishna had come
to Pakistan with a limited mandate.

"At our talks, I said that they (Indian side) should
raise terrorism if it was among their priorities because it is
also our concern. You can raise (the) Mumbai (attacks) but we
have our concerns," Qureshi said.

Among Pakistan`s concerns is the situation in Jammu
and Kashmir, where curfew has been imposed and there are
killings, he said.

Qureshi contended that India raised its concerns and
"then became selective" in taking on Pakistan`s concerns.
"If you (India) are answerable to your people on
terrorism, we too are a democracy and have to satisfy our
people," he said.

Qureshi said he had not raised any issues with Krishna
that were not part of the eight components of the composite

This was done because Pakistan does not want the four
years of efforts made through the composite dialogue to go
waste, he said.


First Published: Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 00:17

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