Difficult to say if beheading issue over: Khurshid

February 19, 2013 - 12:30:00 am


New Delhi: Many bilateral processes were in operation between India and Pakistan but it was “difficult” to say whether the issue of beheading of two Indian soldiers was over, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said yesterday.

“It is difficult to say that. I think we have been working on it and many bilateral processes are in operation which is what we really wanted,” Khurshid said to queries whether India had moved ahead of the issue of beheading of Indian soldiers by the Pakistani Army.

“No matter how bad an incident is, we should not give a go by to our bilateral processes by which we try to handle every crisis. I think those bilateral processes are now under operation but to say that this is the end of the really unfortunate incident will be a little premature on my part. But let us wait for the outcomes,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

Pakistani soldiers had on January 8 intruded into the Indian side in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, killed two Indian soldiers and beheaded them. This led to escalation of tension between the two countries, but the situation eased after a flag meeting between the two sides on January 14.


Chilly day in Delhi  


New Delhi: Delhi saw a chilly Monday with clear skies. The chill will persist for a few days but there will not be any rain, a Met official said.

The minimum temperature dipped to one notch below average at 9.4 degrees Celsius yesterday. Chilly winds swept across the capital. 

The maximum temperature was recorded at 20.7 degrees Celsius, three notches below what is an average for this time of the season. 

“There will be mist today but the sky will be clear later,” said an official of the India Meteorological Department.IANS