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Pak can’t ignore Headley: S M
On Board Special Aircraft, JUL 21 (Agencies):
Published on 21 Jul. 2010 11:40 PM IST
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India on Tuesday asked Pakistan to take “serious note of revelations” by David Coleman Headley which could not be brushed aside as they were in public domain.
“Whatever Headley has told the FBI has to be taken seriously by all those concerned (Pakistan) and India’s concerns have to be addressed,” India’s External Affairs Minister SM Krishna told reporters told reporters accompanying him on his way back from Kabul, where he attended the International Conference on Afghanistan.
He said Headley’s revelations are in public domain and they “cannot be brushed under the carpet”.
Headley, a Pakistani-American terror convict, has revealed various aspects of Pakistani establishments support to terror groups including Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) during interrogation by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA).
He had said that the ISI was involved in the planning of the 26/11 attacks from “beginning to the end”. “All this information have been shared by India with Pakistan through the multiple dossiers given to it,” an official with NIA had said.
“The information is in public domain, whether we like it or not,” Krishna emphasised. Krishna’s comments came on a day Pakistan dismissed as “baseless” India’s contention that Headley was linked to the Pakistani establishment and intelligence agencies.
The same revelation is said to be have put the bilateral talks between Krishna and his counterpart SM Qureshi in limbo last week.
On talks with Pakistan, Krishna said India has always supported the peace process.
“It is not a dialogue which could be over in one sitting. India wants a graduated approach to deal with the problems with Pakistan,” he said.
Responding to Qureshi’s charge, a part of his post-talks un-diplomatic rant, that India was not prepared to discuss all issues, Krishna said “all the problems can not be solved in one sitting.” This is in addition to what he told a TV channel on Monday that talks have to be graduated.
Meanwhile he expressed full support to the Afghan integration plan aimed at ushering peace into the war-ravaged country, while cautioning against “compartmentalisation” in dealing with terrorism.
Krishna, while addressing an international conference on Afghanistan’s future, said, ‘We reiterate our commitment to peace and stability in Afghanistan.
India backs the Afghan integration plan meant for the all-round development of this nation.”
He stressed on the need for non-selectivity while dealing with terrorism, opining that it is a common concern to both India and Afghanistan.
“Terrorism cannot be compartmentalised. Terrorism is a common enemy to both India and Afghanistan, so we call for a combined effort to tackle this problem. Peace and stability can come in Afghanistan only if there is stability in its neighbourhood,” he said.
Talking tough, he further stated, “It is essential to ensure that support, sustenance and sanctuaries for terrorist organisations from outside Afghanistan are ended forthwith.”
Displeased with Pillai’s comment
Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna Wednesday rued that Home Secretary G.K. Pillai’s remarks about the role of the ISI in 26/11 attack were made on the eve of his talks with Pakistan. “ Pillai could have waited till I came back to issue a statement. Perhaps it would have been wiser if that statement had not been made just on the eve of my visit,” Krishna said in an interview to a TV channel, the first time he has made public his displeasure with Pillai.
Pillai had commented that the Mumbai carnage of Nov 28, 2008, was planned by the ISI “from beginning to end”. “When two Foreign Ministers are meeting after the Mumbai attack, there was a special significance for this meeting,” Krishna said.
“Everyone who was privy to whatever was happening in government of India ought to have known that the right kind of atmosphere from India’s side should have been created for the talks to go on in a very normal manner, but unfortunately this episode happened,” he added.
“Well, I have had some discussions with the Prime Minister,” Krishna replied when asked if he had conveyed his dissatisfaction over Pillai’s remarks to the prime minister.
After his talks with Krishna in Islamabad July 15, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said at a joint press conference that the remarks made by India’s home secretary were not “helpful” for better relations when a journalist asked him about Pakistan’s action against Hafiz Saeed.

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