Pillai remark was ill-timed, says Krishna
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Wednesday expressed his displeasure with Home Secretary G.K. Pillai for his comments just ahead of the Indo-Pak foreign ministers’ meet on July 15. Krishna said the timing was very unfortunate, directly blaming Pillai for spoiling the atmosphere of the talks. HT reports.delhi Updated: Jul 22, 2010 01:06 IST
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Wednesday expressed his displeasure with Home Secretary G.K. Pillai for his comments just ahead of the Indo-Pak foreign ministers’ meet on July 15.
Pillai had told journalists the interrogation of Pakistani-American terrorist David Cole-man Headley had revealed Pakistan’s ISI was behind the 26/11 Mumbai attack from beginning to end.
Krishna said it would have been “wiser” if the comments had not been made “on the eve of my visit”. “The timing was very unfortunate,” he added, directly blaming Pillai for spoiling the atmosphere of the talks.
“Pillai could have waited till I came back to issue a statement,” Krishna said in an interview to CNN-IBN.
“When two foreign ministers are meeting after the Mumbai attack, there is a special significance to the 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,” Krishna said.
“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 PM.
At the joint press conference following the talks, Pakistan foreign minister S.M. Qureshi had said the remarks by Pillai were “uncalled for” and made an apparent comparison between Pillai’s statement and the hate speeches by the LeT founder Hafiz Saeed. At that point, Krishna remained silent, though later in Delhi, he said there could be no comparison between the two statements.
In his CNN-IBN interview, Krishna also criticised Qureshi’s style of diplomacy, slamming Qureshi for raking up India’s alleged role in Balochistan.