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Issues with Pakistan will take time to resolve, says India

Published Mar 10, 2013 10:06pm


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Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid.—AFP Photo

ISLAMABAD: Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid has said that achieving success in efforts for resolving bilateral issues with Pakistan is “a time taking affair”.

Addressing a ceremony in the Indian city of Ghaziabad on Sunday, Mr Khurshid said he would not be able to give a timeframe as to when official talks between the two nations could take place, The Indian Express reported, quoting Press Trust of India.

“Success (in issues related to India and Pakistan) is not achieved in a day or a moment. First the foundation is made and then we subsequently go ahead to create an edifice,” he added.

The minister was asked if there was any progress in bilateral issues after he met Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in Jaipur on Saturday.

The Pakistani leader’s visit, he explained, was “not an official” trip and it was a courtesy extended by the Indian government when Prime Minister Ashraf desired to visit the Ajmer shrine along with his family.

“It is courtesy that one is allowed to go to his place of prayer for the peace of the soul and mind...Similarly when people from India want to visit a gurudwara for pilgrimage in Pakistan that is a courtesy,” Mr Khurshid said.

During his daylong visit to India on Saturday, Prime Minister Ashraf offered prayers at the shrine of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.—APP


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Comments (7) Closed

salim Mar 11, 2013 09:45am
100 % TRUE
syed baqar ahsan Mar 11, 2013 08:22am
It is not "time taking" it is all "time gaining" tactics by India Why Indians tell lie on all matter related to Pakistan
Khurram Mar 11, 2013 04:53am
There is no point of having India Pakistan dialogue. Both countries have large number of own issues to resolve. This fake, eyewash approach to have lame talks to appease gullible public won't work any more. Resolve basic human right problems first.
Asif Chaudhry Mar 11, 2013 09:35am
I will have to fully agree with KhanChangezKhan that India will never come to resolving any issues between the two countries, its literally day dreaming if people think that India or Indians are genuine towards solving any issues with Pakistan, they still have not overcome that inherent resentment over the partition back in 1947.....therefore, its not logical or reasonable to assume that they will accept Pakistan;s existence, its upto Pakistanis who will have to realize this and understand that this will never happen and they should move on without any of this day dreaming......
KhanChangezKhan Mar 11, 2013 06:29am
I am 100% sure that India will never come up for resolving the issues between Pakistan and India. Look what Mr Khurshid said that he would not be able to give a timeframe as to when official talks between the two nations could take place. A country who always cries for Kashmir that it is their integral part then what else rests to go forward. One of the main issues is Kashmir where Indian do not want to talk. India just wants friendship to make a similar market as in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and rest of their neighboring countries. India wants to be a BOSS country for their neighboring countries. We do not have to give access India for exporting their products in our country because our exports will always be less then their exports. We never have friendship in the past and should never be in future. Can we forget our enemy, India, who has broken our country into two and still trying to break it up in more with their forces and agencies present in Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw and rest of our provinces? Tit for tat - what they did for us we should always try for that because by count we might be less but by power we are in balance. Before they try to destroy us we should wipe-out them.
Agha Ata (USA) Mar 11, 2013 02:34am
Yes, it will take time to resolve, maybe, hundred years, or even two hundred years. :(
xymeng Mar 11, 2013 12:54pm
I am Chinese.I support Pakistan forever!