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Indian Foreign Affairs minister Salman Khurshid.—AFP Photo
Indian Foreign Affairs minister Salman Khurshid.—AFP Photo

NEW DELHI: India expects Pakistan’s incoming prime minister Nawaz Sharif to “convert into reality” the “positive signals” he had given during his election campaign, Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid has been quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.

“There were many positive signals from Nawaz Sharif with relation to India during the election campaign. We hope that he will work towards converting these positive signals into reality upon assuming office,” Mr Khurshid told journalists on Wednesday.

Mr Sharif had told Indian correspondents during the election campaign that he would seek to fix responsibility for the Kargil fiasco and share with India any useful information on the Mumbai terror attack.

The minister parried a query about Mr Sharif’s reported decision to keep the sensitive portfolios of foreign and defence with himself, “a move that is being perceived as his attempt to bolster himself against the powerful army which had dethroned him in a bloodless coup more than a decade ago,” the PTI said.

“Prime ministers often tend to keep important portfolios with themselves if they perceive there is a need for the same,” Mr Khurshid said. “There have been instances when our prime minister too has taken a personal interest in a certain sphere and hence kept the concerned portfolio with himself for a period of time. Foreign policy is a field in which heads of governments across the world take a lot of interest,” he said.

In a lighter vein, the PTI said, Mr Khurshid was thrilled at the prospect of the opportunity of dealing with the Pakistani premier. “Though it is likely that on most of occasions he would be speaking directly to our PM.”

To a query, he said, “there have been complaints from people in various parts of the country that some relative of theirs was lodged in a Pakistani jail”.

“We take such complaints seriously and any such information is handed over to the India Pakistan Judicial Commission comprising two retired judges from each country. The commission has been empowered to visit jails in both countries and suggest remedial measures.”

Comments (37) Closed

Ashok R.Prabhu May 30, 2013 07:42am

Nawaz Sahab's intentions of improving Ties with India has the ring of sincerity .Whether the Army or the Talibanis allow him to pursue his agenda is a different matter.But millions on both sides of the border are hoping that this thing comes true.At least commerce and Cultural Exchange must improve .

terry May 30, 2013 07:58am

Nawaz should keep his words. What about India ? Can you give even one example where India kept its words

Akil AKhtar May 30, 2013 08:12am

What is the guarantee india won't find another flimsy excuse like a cat killed by a Pakistani in india literally to stop all contacts.

syed baqar ahsan May 30, 2013 08:29am

It was kargil operation which helped Americans to make India his ally to create a counter weight against china so who was behind kargil operation not so difficult to find.Yes Pakistan Army is the strong iron hand with Americans they used it when required by them against Russia(USSR),Afghanistan,India repeatedly so Khurshid sahib do not behave innocently.Mumbai drama was well organised to tell Indian by Americans stop looking here and there,do as told give us big contract to improve your poor security.That they managed Israel and others are party to that drama,so do not waste in narrating cook and bull story to us.

Nauman May 30, 2013 08:33am

India expects......

Shahram May 30, 2013 08:43am

The Army doesn't want that. They are Draining Pak Budget using this plot. 'Rozee Roti ka sawal hai'.

Umar Singh May 30, 2013 09:21am

What if relations become normal between the two countries. I was only four when I left my village chak no 168 9L in Sahiwal district. All my family members have expired who always desired to visit Pakistan and meet their acquaintances at the village. I wish the ties become normal so that I can meet some survivors and share a little bit of the past with them

mehboob malik May 30, 2013 09:54am

i do not know whether Mian Nawaz Sharif keep his words with India but i know what he and his brother did with the people of Pakistan on what they said in the election campaign and then refused to keep their words by saying "that was the emotional response of Shahbaz Sharif". :) Kaheen yahan bhi aesa na ho jay....................

tnemeganam May 30, 2013 10:32am

It takes two to tango. Is he talking about passage of MFN status and passage of trade with Afghanistan?

omer khan shaheen May 30, 2013 11:17am

This will prove to be a very good step forward. All neighbors should be given a priority when it comes to good relationship.

Fauzi Mahmood May 30, 2013 11:39am

As usual empty words from Pakistan, our govt. do not have currage to take decision. Unless our hidarey do not give nod. Nothing will change on ground for common people.

farhan May 30, 2013 12:00pm

Great! Nawaz Sharif had sold Pakistan even before he won the election! Well done to him and wise people of Punjab who voted for him as Nawaz Sharif proclaimed

ailly May 30, 2013 12:23pm


indeed India intend to remind PMLN about their promises since he is quite vulnerable to pressure and tends to succumb under.

so India would like to see him as PM and have good relations with India on diplomatic front. Since PMLN has no agenda neither the courage to talk to India about Kashmir. funny govt soon to be in Pakistan, so easy to target and keep pushing things under the carpet.


Sancha May 30, 2013 01:46pm

It is not an attempt to sell Pakistan, but to buy Indian trust. Till now Pakistan has not kept its words. Let us hope whether Nawaz does it.

Sancha May 30, 2013 01:54pm

I hope Nawaz and Manmohan together will solve Indo-Pak problems

Singh May 30, 2013 01:57pm

@farhan: Hi Farhan, Pakistan is full of people who think that having good ties with your neighbor is like selling yourself. You are not alone.

Sm May 30, 2013 02:36pm

@Sancha: We expect the same of India. Regards

Asim May 30, 2013 03:47pm

@Akil AKhtar: Good shot...

Asim Iqbal May 30, 2013 03:52pm

Thalee aik Haath se nahein bhajthee.... India should also address Pakistani concerns regarding Kashmir and other key issues only then we ll be able to move forward in +ve direction..

A Vetta May 30, 2013 03:54pm

Mr Khurshid betrays his inexperience. Experienced Indian diplomats should tell him to keep quiet. Currently, Mr Sharif has other priorities that he needs to attend to if he wishes to be re-elected after 5 years. Pak-India relations will now begin to improve, albeit, slowly. India needs to follow Mr Sharif and not try to lead.

A Vetta May 30, 2013 03:53pm

Mr Khurshid betrays his inexperience. Experienced Indian diplomats should tell him to keep quiet. Currently, Mr Sharif has other priorities that he needs to attend to if he wishes to be re-elected after 5 years.

Aaaa May 30, 2013 04:24pm

@terry: India does not give words, so need to keep :)

Paigambar May 30, 2013 04:54pm

pakistan ko pehle hi roti, paani , bijlee ke laale pade hai... india se trade karna chahte hain.. such a piece of garbage is this country.. pehle drone attack to rok lo..

vicky May 30, 2013 05:27pm

i dont know y pakistani people just using hate words against india,y dont pakistan understand this is the time when we both should work together for our people,my pakistani bro pleas tell india saying that we are upcoming superpower country of the not we the world saying this..tell me the name of company who dont want to invest in india now a days,world want to work with india,tell me y this happening with india because we lern hate will not give us 2 time food,so my friends if pakistan join indias hand they can also do improvement in lots of areas

Deep May 30, 2013 05:32pm

@A Vetta: How can india follow a failed coutry ? its Pakistans necessity to follow india......

P.Mishra May 30, 2013 05:37pm

@terry: This sort of arguments will us no where.

anony May 30, 2013 06:52pm

india needs to do more to win Pakistans trust. The past betrayals by india do not help Pakistan trust india even for a second. By the way, I'm surprised that there r more indians reading/commenting on this article than Pakistani's. Notice the thumbs-up for pro-india comments and thumbs-down for anti-india comments.

Hashmi May 30, 2013 09:03pm

India should first talk about Kashmir, once resolved, then flowers will blossom

zzz May 30, 2013 09:52pm

@anony: I guess more indians have the necessary power supply to read the articles completely and then answer to the comments

Sancha May 30, 2013 09:58pm

@Sm: I think India has always been soft against Pakistan. All the problems will get solved automatically if Pakistan stops terrorism.

raja hindustani May 31, 2013 12:11am

@anony: can u tell atleast one betrayal by India w.r.t peace talks between 2 nations..???

falconx May 31, 2013 05:19am

if and when the peace deal happen between pak & india. it will help both counties alot. since the polotical power is returing back to Asia and Africa which they lost to the west around 250 years ago. and it will better for every one that there is peace between both of these countries.

falconx May 31, 2013 05:22am

@Singh: i think you are right. now thats means both side need to work on gaining each others trust.

Anidesh May 31, 2013 09:19am

@zzz: Wonderful reply

Imran May 31, 2013 09:22am

@anony:The word betrayal doesn't cant describe what Pakistan has been doing for the past 30 years...Name any top terrorist MBA/Phd school(organisation) & it exists in Pakistan..1/2 the planet has been terrorized by the products of these school

Imran May 31, 2013 09:23am

@terry: u came to birth thanks to India...go read the correct history books

bibi May 31, 2013 05:27pm

@Akil AKhtar:

Why shoould pakistanis come to india... dont they have enough learned mullahs and businessmen with them.....