PM to decide on Pakistan talks

January 18, 2013 - 3:39:39 am

Border Security Force soldiers patrol along the India-Pakistan border in Abdulian, 38km southwest of Jammu, yesterday.

New Delhi: Talks between India and Pakistan have not been frozen, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said yesterday while stating that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would decide on Islamabad’s offer of foreign minister-level talks.

“The differences have to be resolved and for that we need to proceed with wisdom, keeping in mind the interest and sentiments of the nation. We will await the prime minister’s direction in this regard,” Khurshid told CNN-IBN news channel.

“Having said that, it is certainly something that we noted and something that we would look very carefully and let us see what is acceptable. Talks have not frozen between India and Pakistan.”

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has called for talks with Khurshid, saying that continued tension along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir was not in the interest of South Asian peace.

Khurshid said any problem between the two countries had to be solved by them only.

“What we have always maintained that there is a problem and we have to resolve among ourselves and we cannot be hoping and working towards finding somebody else to step in and resolve it.”

Khurshid said that India was hopeful that Pakistan had understood the “strong message” of the prime minister, who on Tuesday said it could not “be business as usual” following the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers near the LoC, and would respond positively.

“An atmosphere is needed for the talks to go on. We are hopeful that Pakistan will understand the message sent by our prime minister,” he said. IANS