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ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has rejected allegations levelled by the Indian external affairs minister against the Pakistan Army that it was hindering the peace process between the two countries.

In a strongly-worded statement issued through the Press Information Department on Sunday night, he termed the remarks made by Indian Minister for External Affairs Salman Khurshid “unnecessary and against diplomatic norms”.

Hours before the meeting between the prime ministers of the two countries in New York, the Indian minister was reported to have alleged in an interview to Voice of America that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence and its military were sabotaging the Nawaz Sharif government’s efforts to make peace with India.

Mr Khurshid said while Prime Minister Sharif was saying the right things, it was imperative for the civilian government of Pakistan to find a way to keep the army and the ISI under control. “We’ve been told that all the government agencies are on the same page,” Mr Khurshid said, but added that “if they were, the things that are happening would not be happening”.

Referring to the recent violence on the Line of Control, Mr Khurshid said he would not accept the notion that it could be the work of non-state actors without support from the ISI. He said if Pakistan could not control non-state actors on its territory it should seek India’s help.

Commenting on the Indian foreign minister’s remarks, Chaudhry Nisar said the statements being issued by the Indian rulers and politicians at a time when Pakistan was sincerely trying to improve the atmosphere and end confrontation showed that New Delhi was not serious in pursuing the peace process with Pakistan.

“It is surprising that the Indian government is levelling allegations in response to the Nawaz Sharif government’s efforts to normalise relations between the two countries,” the PML-N leader regretted.

He said no foreign ruler had the right to speak on an international forum about fabricated differences and a gulf between the Pakistan government and its army.

The interior minister said there was complete harmony between the army and the government on all international and national security issues. He said Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani had himself stated that the military and the government were on the same page on policy matters. He said the Indian rulers were finding it difficult to digest and were issuing statements reflecting their “ill-intentions, negative thinking and anti-Pakistan sentiments”.

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P Setra
Sep 30, 2013 07:33am

If the disease is not correctly diagnosed, there would not be a cure. The LOC will never be peaceful.

Sep 30, 2013 07:36am

The meeting was a non-starter given the address and statements of Indian PM and FM even before the meeting. India is flaunting UN resolutions for the past over 60 years, how can she have a change of heart all of a sudden to resolve the core issue of Kashmir through dialogue? While diplomacy must be given a chance, we see it has yielded nothing so far, after so many years. We are just playing diplomacy-diplomacy and dialogue-dialogue while Kashmir is burning and India is drying up Pakistan,.

Sep 30, 2013 07:53am

Mr. Khan let's be fair and call a spade a spade. In reality how much control does the new Govt. really have on Armed forces. If it really had control Kargil would not have happened, Abbotabad incident would not have happened. Let's get real and work towards the betterment of Pakistan. I believe that Pakistan Army provides only the "need to know" information to Civilian Govt. and nothing beyond that.

Sep 30, 2013 08:22am

Shame on India.......

Ajaya K Dutt
Sep 30, 2013 08:58am

Sep 30, 2013 09:06am

Prime minister Manmohan Singh and foreign affair minister Salman Khurshid of India are making right statements.Pakistan should show signs of controlling terrorism.They say truth is bitter. And it is a fact and everybody in the world knows it.

Sep 30, 2013 10:05am

The unfortunate fact is that PM Nawaz Sharif has NO CONTROL over the nefarious activities of the Pak Army and ISI under whose specific instructions all the terrorist actions are committed in J&K.This was the situation at the time of the 1999 Kargil mis-adventure and continues to be the case today.

Sep 30, 2013 10:25am

So India is accusing Pakistan of supporting "non state actors" against India? but what about the State Actor India, which has violated LoC ceasefire and has killed and injured innocent Kashmiri on Pakistan's side. Clearly, India, the state actor, is responsible for those actions. If Non State Actors are such an hindrance to peace process, then the actions committed by Indian State Actor at LoC speak volumes.

Sep 30, 2013 11:06am

Indians will never be out of PAK Army/ ISI phobia

Sep 30, 2013 11:16am

To pakistan:: stop cross border terrorism if pakistan wants good relationship with india

Sep 30, 2013 11:36am

Its time and time again we have seen this.. Question is how many times or government will just onluy respond to them

Sep 30, 2013 12:38pm

Good response. I think PML-N govt. is not doing bad. Our well wishes for their success.

Ravi Ingale from Pune
Sep 30, 2013 12:55pm

According to Nisar ali Khan, Indian troops are insane they attacking their own people and blame to Pakistan. Pakistani diplomats should stop to do such drama in front of their citizens.

Sep 30, 2013 02:26pm

Nawaz Sharif will give Nissar Ali Khan an even better picture - Salman Khurshid only speaks from observation, NS can speak from experience. As can Musharraf.

Sep 30, 2013 03:57pm

That is the problem, Nawaz is pandering to this emulative democracy whilst the Indians are insulting Paksistan in the international forum. We needed someone like Musharaf-who would have given a robust response to these Indian liars, deceivers and sneaks.

Aftab Siddiqui
Sep 30, 2013 06:24pm

Word have got no meaning without action. Everyone in the world knows who is ruling over Pakistan. Denial of truth is not going to help, show some action which will make other beleive that who is the supremo.

Sep 30, 2013 07:21pm

Indian ministers and media are always cooking up false allegations to drive a rift between the Pakistani govt and the Pakistan Army. We are all ONE, and will NOT divide.

mohammad Sabir
Sep 30, 2013 08:13pm

Hassan Nisar... The country Pakistan is unnecessary and uncalled for... Going by your logic a pet can't bite its owner. So it dosn't make sense whether you make a comment or not. Further Indian army is not autonomous like pakistan's. The day it will be Pakistani army will become really unneccesary and against diplomatic norms... If you want peace think rationally otherwise lets be foe..

Sumant Bhalla
Sep 30, 2013 08:30pm

Nothing has changed in Pakistan - the Military controls the country. The Ministers claim that there is complete harmony between the Army & Government is ridiculous. The short sighted and myopic Pakistani Military has been and is the bane of Pakistan and it's people.

Sep 30, 2013 08:48pm

change attitude towards India might,do not act like frog in a well.let people to be in peace across, you cant compete with India,,change yourself with harmony and growth if you need, without hatrism

Sep 30, 2013 10:18pm

I am a Pakistani, and I hate to say this. All "non-state" actors that Pakistan claims are actually state actors. In fact, they should win the Oscar for being such good actors.

Sep 30, 2013 10:58pm

@Ahmed: I see a lot of indians reading DAWN and thumbing your statement down. Indians have been fed so much hatred and propaganda by their media, that mostly they parrot in unison: do more, do more. An incident on LoC, and pakistanis will shrug it off as another incident even though Pakistani soldiers are also martyred; it's not as if only Indian soldiers are killed. Yet Indian media will be up in flames sensationalising, hallucinating and fantasising.

Pak media has a lot of problems, but is certainly much calmer overall than the Indian media.

Sep 30, 2013 11:39pm

Pakistan's civilian government has full sanction of army to engage in peace process with India

Saeed Masood
Oct 01, 2013 03:56am

Shame on India

Oct 01, 2013 05:20am

Look at the wall in the backdrop. It looks like the apron of an Apple Bee's waitress.

Oct 01, 2013 05:26am

Did anyone pay attention to the backdrop? Is this the way walls a decked in Ministries?

Oct 01, 2013 05:21am

Yes they are on one page,but the page is big.And army is in the top part,and elected government is also occupying the bottom of same page,

Oct 01, 2013 08:30am

good responce by nisar to india. PTI and PML are serious about pakistan and want to do some thing for it may Allah success both parties.

Oct 01, 2013 08:35am


Oct 01, 2013 09:17am

@Ahmed: Even if the Indian FM's allegation is untrue, it at least sounds very credible given the history of our Army, and its (unconstitutional) determination to stay in charge of Pakistan's foreign policy.

Muhammad Ahsan Khan
Oct 01, 2013 10:13am

How Nisar knows the " doings" or "not doings" of the Army. Does the Government controle the Army?

Oct 01, 2013 10:55am

@Ahmed: Good response.....on instructions from Rwalpindi.....or face consequences

Oct 01, 2013 12:10pm

Nissar who used to play in outskirts of Pindi in his childhood ... never seems to come out of that shadow and hence failed to cope up with necessary education required for such high profile job. he is still making mere statements which he used to deliver when he was MNA in 90s. As he failed to deliver a tit-for-tat reply to his counterpart from India, he should be more aggressive and authoritative in defending our stance. India is harboring terrorism in Pakistan since decades and until now, Pakistani leaders never took this issue to UN. how long we will suffer ?

Cosmic Lion
Oct 01, 2013 02:52pm

Ofcourse he would reject, else when army takes over which usually happens in pakistan, he will be next in line for execution.

Oct 02, 2013 06:51am

@Bob-Wuxi: Looks like it is Rawalpindi HQ .....

Oct 02, 2013 11:10am

Nawas Shariff has returned from exile, that the Army had forced him to take, only 6 years ago.


Everything is fixed in 6 years? So the Civilians are all powerful now? Pakistan is finally like India and the rest of the Democracies now?

Nobody is going to believe if someone says the Army is fully under Pakistani civilian control.

I believe this party has learnt nothing from 1999.

Simple test: Do not allow Kayani's plan to land in Pakistan for just 1 hour and see what happens. Like Musharaff, not only will the plane land, it will become the plane which was carrying the future President/General-Dictator of Pakistan.

Oct 02, 2013 04:53pm

Would ever we, the citizens of pakistan, realized the influence of the army on our government from our past history. I see only ppl having hatred towards India and not a tiny concern about our future... Killing and weapons would not help help our generations if we want ourselves to be respected internationally

Oct 02, 2013 04:51pm

Dont believe these politician and army of our country

Oct 02, 2013 06:21pm

Last time Nawaz Sharif tried to make peace with India, Pakistani army did a Kargil. ACTION speaks louder than WORDS after all.

Oct 02, 2013 06:47pm

Running with the hares and hunting with the hounds, aren't you, Mr. Chaudhary Nissar?

Oct 03, 2013 12:48am

@khan: Or as somebody said, same page but different books.