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Back-door talks with Pak: India says no

While India is open to engagement between All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and Islamabad, it is not inclined to any back-channel diplomacy with the neighbour at the moment due to serious internal divisions within Pakistan.

delhi Updated: Feb 27, 2012 01:36 IST
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While India is open to engagement between All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and Islamabad, it is not inclined to any back-channel diplomacy with the neighbour at the moment due to serious internal divisions within Pakistan.

“There is no question of any back-channel diplomacy at this stage as the Asif Ali Zardari government is at odds with the all-powerful Pakistan Army, and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is battling the Supreme Court... Even if we want to talk, who do we talk to?” said a top government official on condition of anonymity.

However, he said that New Delhi was not averse to Pakistan re-engaging the Hurriyat Conference as the separatists always get their cues from Islamabad and the Pakistan ISI.

South Block sources said that the India-Pakistan process, in fact, had slowed down as Islamabad is yet to confirm dates for home secretary-level talks and 26/11 judicial commission team is yet to make up its mind to travel to Mumbai.

Besides, India has taken a dim view of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) patron Hafiz Saeed, key accused in the 26/11 massacre, sharing political platform with former Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and the twists and turns Islamabad has taken in granting the most favoured nation status to India.

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