India, Pak foreign ministers meeting to be 'limited in scope'
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
On Board PM's Special Aircraft, Sept 23: The meeting of Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan in New York on September 27 will be "limited in scope" and restricted to New Delhi's concerns on action against terror emanating from Pakistani soil.
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna has gone with the brief that he should speak about terrorism, highly-placed sources in the government said.
"There is no no question of dialogue. The meeting (with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi) will be limited in scope and restricted to terrorism. As of now it is going to be very restricted," the official said.
He was asked as to what are India's expectations from the Foreign Minister's meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York on September 27.
Asked about US Gen McChristel's report that India's influence in Afghanistan could impart regional instability, the official said the General's report has been positive on India's good work there.
"I don't get the feeling he is saying that India should quit Afghanistan. I saw it as an outline of being very positive about India's role," he said.
On the issue of Chinese incursions, the official said he had never said there were no incursions.
"The scope and number of incursions in the recent past are not any more than that had taken place in the recent years. It happens in the so-called disputed area. We are careful. We see whether there is any pattern."
"Our analysis is there is nothing alarming. There is no no pattern," he said.
He cautioned the media against sensationalising the border incidents saying "don't create problems where none exists".
He felt even an accident could lead problems of enormous size which
one cannot visualise.
On reports doubting President Pratibha Patil's visit to China in the current atmosphere, he said the visit is on and it was only an issue of dates.
Asked about Chinese complaint about visa difficulties for its citizens in India, the official there was no targeting of Chinese and rules were universal.
On the recent firing of rockets from Pakistan into areas neighbouring Amritsar, he did not see any design behind. "When a new unit is posted on the border it is their way of announcing their arrival."
The official also did not see much of the firing incidents from across the Line of Control from Pakistan, saying the ceasefire was generally holding.
On Pakistan diverting US assistance for strengthening its military against India, he said this has been happening for decades and India had not been much successful in persuading the US in containing or preventing it.
To a question on the reported house arrest of JuD chief Hafiz Sayeed in Lahore, the official said there have been contradictory reports on that.
"I don't see Pakistan having any real intention of arresting Hafiz Saeed," he said.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 23 Sep 2009 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 23 Sep 2009 18:30:00 GMT
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