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FM Khar says India 'war-mongering'


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Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar.—File Photo

NEW YORK: India is “war-mongering” over deadly clashes in the disputed Kashmir region, foreign minister said on Tuesday while calling for talks to end the new hostilities.

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar spoke out after Pakistan reported another of its troops had been killed in Kashmir while India's prime minister has warned there can be no “business as usual” between the neighbors.

“We see war-mongering,” Khar said at the Asia Society in New York where she hit out statements by Indian politicians over the new tensions.

“It is deeply disturbing to hear statements which are upping the ante, where one politician is competing with the other to give a more hostile statement,” Khar added.

India says two of its soldiers have been killed in Kashmir, one beheaded, since January 6.

Pakistan says three of its troops have been killed in that time, the latest on Tuesday.

Khar said the neighbors had to get over their “narrative of hostility” from the past six decades.

“The doors to dialogue are open,” Khar said. “We need to meet at any level, I think we need to call each other, we need to become mature countries which know how to handle their truth.”

The minister again denied Indian accusations that Pakistani forces had beheaded one of two soldiers that India says were killed in Kashmir on January 8. She said an inquiry had found “no evidence” of the deaths.

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh earlier called the beheading of an Indian soldier “unacceptable” and added there could be no “business as usual” with Pakistan.

“As I read statements coming in from the highest levels of government (in India) I can just say that we are deeply disappointed and I can say on behalf of my government that we feel that the dialogue process should be uninterrupted and uninterruptible,” Khar said.

She added that there was “warmongering coming in from the other side of the border which is I thought the thing of yesteryears and thing that we had put behind us.”

The Pakistan government “has invested deeply in the last four years to building a peaceful relationship with India,” the foreign minister added.

“I represent a government which has taken political risks to reach out to the Indians and to give them a clear message when we say we mean business when we say we want a different type of relationship,” Khar said.

“What you see in India is currently not living up to that and I hope that we will both show a deep abiding commitment to a normalised peace process, to a normalisation of relations,” Khar said.

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James Jan 16, 2013 10:30am
Very well said.. ....bravo
James Jan 17, 2013 10:51am
Hahaa nice joke
james Jan 17, 2013 11:09am
Its unfortunate but its true
james Jan 17, 2013 11:08am
You killed three Pak soldiers and you started the firing you must accept it first and appologise rather turning a blind eye to facts.
mohit Jan 17, 2013 04:56am
I like the tone and maturaity coming from Pakistan FM. I am shocked to hear statements coming from sections of Indian politics especially from statesmen like Manmohan Singh and Murli Manohar Joshi. Sushma Swaraj, I have no respect for and can always expect to make poor statements. war never has and never will solve any issues and to kill thousands to avenge one is never a solutions in my books. Hope both nations live in peace and prosperiety.
James Jan 17, 2013 10:58am
You dont have balls to start war with Pakistan because you know that it wont be conventional war and results of your so-called emerging power will be catastrophe.
James Jan 17, 2013 10:56am
Rightly said
Umar Jan 17, 2013 07:54pm
yeah everyone knows what would have happened, india would have lost its land like in 1965 war and cried out loud for his armed forces failure internationally and would have asked for it lost territory back. dont forget that ever. we are not condemning bcoz its a made up lie you guys dont even have a proof to defend your point.
rishi Jan 16, 2013 04:33pm
nah, its a blunt lie... read again
Umar Jan 17, 2013 08:00pm
pls worry about your country internal problems before even thinking to tell us what to do. and if you ppl can just stop lying it will be a lot peacefull world.
Umar Jan 17, 2013 07:58pm
its the indian rmy , every day we hear a news another pakistani soldier died, and indian officials are threatening statements, if pakistan has to take any action it should be only to make indians realize, stop telling lies to the world.
james Jan 17, 2013 07:57pm
Nice way to do propaganda....i guess you are also learning stuff from your media.
Umar Jan 17, 2013 07:55pm
any proof?
s.p.bansal Jan 16, 2013 11:58am
She cant accept truth she is another big liars
Umar Jan 17, 2013 07:43pm
indian troops have been reported to kill each other, and its your words against my words kinda situation. no one can say for sure what really happend since no one is trusting each other so stop accusing once and for all , first get the facts straight , what really happend, no one is innocent here.
Deepak Jan 16, 2013 02:51am
Mrs Khar, once your US shopping is over, see what awaits you in Pakistan. Is there a civilian government in your country? First set your own house in order.
Umar Jan 17, 2013 07:40pm
there is no proof about this indian accusation and its india who is not interested in a investigation carried by UN
Deep Jan 16, 2013 12:52pm
Actually in India media is trying to make govt. act nobody wants a war but we want proper action from Pakistan. Indian leaders were trying to not provide too much attention to this but since Pak army is violating ceasefire again & again the media while reporting it also asking for strong actions although i know few people are trying to wage war from both sides but some sort of correct response & corrective measures from Pakistan can easily sort this situation. This will also help in trust building & further progress of both nations.
Umar Jan 17, 2013 07:33pm
first of all , do confirm whether it was one soldier or two who was actually mutilated, iff it happnd. then start making jokes about it
Mudassir Jan 16, 2013 03:09am
Indian leaders must try to calm the situation down instead of pouring oil in the fire. The two sides must stay together and wrap up the entire situation for good. Else, things will go downwards for both nations.
Umar Jan 17, 2013 07:36pm
yeah when there are no reasons and no detail to discuss over falsified facts and lies that Indians are used to make
Umar Jan 17, 2013 07:37pm
action based on lies?
Umar Jan 17, 2013 07:38pm
what the Indian leadership has been saying is way more serious in nature
G.A. Jan 16, 2013 03:12am
For once I believe the Pakistani government. It was India that attacked first when two Pakistani soldiers were killed and has been war mongering ever since. Indian diplomacy is far better than Pakistan's and they can easily turn the news on it head making Pakistan look like the initiater.
Mandeep Jan 16, 2013 03:15am
Are you so naive that you do not know the reason ? Which world you are living ?
Anonymous Jan 16, 2013 03:51am
"The Pakistan government
Ajaya K Dutt Jan 16, 2013 03:57am
"Pakistan investigated and found no evidence of Indian deaths, let alone beheading." - Kher.
Silajit Jan 16, 2013 03:59am
Hoping things are settled peacefully.
Mohammad Ali Khan Jan 16, 2013 04:00am
Very balanced statement.
Manjeet Jan 16, 2013 04:13am
Where were you when Indian soldiers you 'Beheaded' Taab Kyun Nahi Boli Tum ?
One Indian Jan 16, 2013 04:14am
Madam, welcome to USA, please stay here for a decade on political asylum. When situation calm down at your country, you can choose which part of Pakistan you want to return, Republic of Balochistan or Public of Pakistan...
ND Jan 16, 2013 04:22am
What a joke?
rishi Jan 16, 2013 04:27am
Everyone knows what would have happened by now if we were war-monger. WE are resisting ourselves and displaying our maturity by not taking tough action even though you beheaded our soldier where you are not even condemning the actions by your army. I don't think she understands or agrees with what she is saying. uhhh
UNITED STATES OF INDIA Jan 16, 2013 04:31am
Who cares what pakistanis say???lol..
Sherry Manzoor Jan 16, 2013 04:35am
surprisingly, all the echoes of the war drums are originating from what one would have believed the learned / experienced quarter of the Indian society. not the first time, they are exploiting Pakistan to gain political advantage at home.
Syed Jan 16, 2013 04:36am
The Indian don't deserve the MFN status by Pakistan.
klipsch2010 Jan 16, 2013 04:38am
If ignorance is bliss, you must be the happiest person alive.
abbastoronto Jan 16, 2013 04:41am
Domestic consumption.
fahdabbasy Jan 16, 2013 04:45am
high time ms khar sheds the vogue lifestyle and talks business with india. or else resign. india has been threateting pakistan since few days and its newsapers are full with threats by indian forces and politicians. where is our govt? the timing of the attack is also an eye opener . when ther is chaos in pakistan . india chose to escalate tensions at border. they dont want to be our friends they can never be. time to hit hard and teach them a lesson
raika45 Jan 16, 2013 04:47am
This lady is talking sense.
telveer Jan 16, 2013 04:50am
Mrs Khar seems to forget that Pakistani Govt does not call the shots and in many cases, is left in the dark as to what the Army does. Directly or indirectly, Pakistani Army controls everything in Pakistan. Mrs Khar seems to have forgotten about the Kargil conflict. At that time, even the PM of Pakistan made similar statements but had to eat his words after the role of Pakistani Army was exposed. This incident is no different. Mrs Khar only knows how to use sharp words and rhetoric but has no substance underneath. In any case, I hope she gets kicked out along with the PM and President.
sssshhh Jan 16, 2013 05:07am
India already used this word. Try some new word's Rabbani..plz don't copy ..;)
peace lover Jan 16, 2013 05:14am
Why not accept the killings, apologize and end this?
NKT Jan 16, 2013 06:03am
I feel sorry for Pakistan govt and foreign minister which have no control over the real power in Pakistan,who do not want to improve relations with India
VT Jan 16, 2013 06:10am
Madam Khar says one time that a response to a billion Indian citizens does not warrant a response from her. Then she says they've investigated on their own and welcome third party probe. Then, the pak army drags its feet on a flag meeting, and once it is conducted violates ceasefire again. And, after raking up the issue in international forums, Madam khar is told by one and all to resolve bilateral matters bilaterally. So that brings us to the point where she says they are open for dialog. Thanks, may the spirit of peace prevail.
John Smaith Jan 16, 2013 06:14am
An Indian solder was beheaded by Pakistan. Is this not an act of extreme cruelty and hatred. Why does Pakistan hate India soooo much? The grieving solder family is speechless and their lives have been turned upside down. Can the both sides talk peace and settle this issue once for all.
ambijat Jan 16, 2013 06:21am
India is all for dialogue, but it will also in all forms expressed and enacted by Pakistan.
Pasta Jan (Bhettani) Jan 16, 2013 06:37am
I am prideful of Pakistani media and FM Hina for showing maturity and giving a responsible message to the world. On the other side I am sorry to say that Indian media is showing immaturity and fueling the unfortunate incidents on the LOC.
suraj Jan 16, 2013 06:44am
Ohh.. Really...
Pillai Jan 16, 2013 06:54am
We don't want any more dialogue with pakistan. We want the action now.
Kushal Jan 16, 2013 07:01am
yes India war mongering... and Pakistan longing for peace by mutilating the bodies of two soldiers... What a joke
Fuzail Z. Ahmad Jan 16, 2013 07:02am
Most Pakistanis will agree with me that Indian government is trying to overshadow the rapes-in-moving-bus" cases in India as well as their loss to Pakistan in recently concluded ODI series. Also, they want to fight the international embarrassment that they came under pressure from one of Indian terror outfits' threats to our hockey players.
s.p.bansal Jan 16, 2013 01:59pm
This is limit upto where any pakistani can think off No use talking to them.
lakhwinder singh Jan 16, 2013 07:14am
madam khar ji you know what is truth but you are not to speak the trurth. people are killed at border clashes but mis behave with the dead body of any soldier on any side is not must be condemned from your side but it is very sad on your part you started covering the truth.please be human and respect humanity. musalman kehto ho per ho musalman nahin nazar aata nahin kahin muaslsil imaan nahin kaat dete ho phool ko bhi kanta samajh kar shakal se ho jaata koi musalman nahin mein bhi to us sahebe-kamal ka kartab hun kya hua jo mere hath mein quraan nahin lakhwinder ashk new delhi
Shah Shahi Jan 16, 2013 07:19am
""Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term values. ""... FM Hina should restrain her words... She should show the maturity needed for a FM...and PAK army reign in their rogue boys..... Rather PAK army should spend time to clean up the LET bases and the rogue taliban fighters
Maate Jan 16, 2013 07:20am
Janjuah Jan 16, 2013 07:21am
I believe that some politicians are taking the advantage of our inner issues at this stage and wish to manipulate the whole situation to gain some electoral benifts in their own upcoming elections
aku Jan 16, 2013 07:22am
When the childern fight, parents have to behave maturely. You cannot jeoperdize the efforts of so many for misadventures of few solidiers on both sides. Now is the test of maturity of both nations, and their governments. I believe Pakistani govt. has done well so far.
Ahmed Sultan (India) Jan 17, 2013 05:01am
In India state has an army but in Pakistan army has an state
p r sharma Jan 16, 2013 08:12am
beheading the soldier is a barbaric act. while Pakistan's FM says that after an inquiry ( at their end ) they found that no evidence of death. the same perpetual mindset of denial while the beheaded body of the soldier reached India and a big cry and protest is in the air which pressurized ruling coalition. to take tough stand . Pakistani politicians are big liars and talking with liars will not bring any positive result.. Pakistan is teaching distorted and false history to their people and the result is evident.