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Pak not trying to control jihadi leaders: Saran

India's concerns cannot be appeased as long as the 'jihadi' leaders are roaming free in Pakistan.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2006 17:29 IST

Noting that Pakistan is not trying to control jihadi leaders roaming free on its soil, India has said that confidence between the two countries cannot be built in such circumstances.

India's concerns cannot be appeased as long as the jihadi leaders are roaming free in Pakistan and issuing statements and openly making claims for different acts, Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran was quoted as telling a group of Pakistani journalists currently on a goodwill visit to India.

"The Pakistani government is not trying to control them, so how confidence can come in these circumstances?" he asked.

His remarks came as Pakistan said the two countries should go beyond confidence-building measures to address contentious issues, including the Kashmir problem.

Contending that settlement of the Kashmir problem was essential for peace between India and Pakistan, he nevertheless said no quick solution was possible for such an old issue.

He said India has responded to the proposals put forth by Pakistan while Islamabad has not yet responded to the Indian proposals.

He mentioned the proposal to start Daras-Kargil bus service as the one such proposal advanced by India.

About the Pakistani proposal of "joint control" of some areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Saran said it was not acceptable to India.

On another Pakistani proposal of "self governance," he said its implementation required functioning of certain public institutions.

While a four-tier public representation system was in place in J&K, there were no such institutions in Pakistan's northern areas and PoK, he was quoted as saying by The News.