Qureshi Blames India for Not Resuming Dialogue

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has blamed India for failure of bilateral talks claiming that Indian polity was divided and did not know how to react to Pakistan, reported CNN-IBN.

Qureshi’s statement came a day after Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani spoke about peace talks.

Qureshi, who along with External Affairs Minister SM Krishna was in London to attend the Afghanistan conference, was quoted as saying: “Indian polity is divided and confused over whether to engage with Pakistan or to shy away.”

In response, Krishna said that Pakistan must act on the 26/11 dossiers provided by India, said report.

“There is no dichotomy in Indian polity. We had met in New York and had hoped that investigation in Pakistan on 26/11 will continue on the dossier provided but we have not heard of the outcome if they have taken place” Krishna was quoted as saying.

Qureshi even took a dig at the Indian government’s stand on the issue of Afghanistan, said report.

“Afghanistan can have its own relations but Afghanistan also realises that in immediate future countries of immediate assistance are immediate neighbours of Afghanistan,” Qureshi was quoted as saying.

Responding to it, Krishna, however, said that India would keep on engaging with Afghanistan, said report.

“The welfare and well being of Afghanistan is one of the top priorities of Indian foreign policy,” Krishna was quoted as saying.

Krishna and Qureshi did not hold bilateral talks.

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