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Pak blames lack of consensus in India for stalled dialogue

Pakistan has said "political compulsions" and "divisions in Indian polity" were preventing India from holding dialogue with Islamabad, after the foreign ministers of the two countries avoided a meeting despite being under the same roof.

world Updated: Nov 30, 2009 17:32 IST

Pakistan has said "political compulsions" and "divisions in Indian polity" were preventing India from holding dialogue with Islamabad, after the foreign ministers of the two countries avoided a meeting despite being under the same roof.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who represented Pakistan at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meet in Port of Spain, said he came face-to-face with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Indian counterpart S M Krishna but did not hold any dialogue.

"Well we did get a chance to meet, we were under the same roof. I met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, I met Foreign Minister Krishna but there was no dialogue," Qureshi said.

He said despite acknowledging at a bilateral meeting in at Sharm-el-Sheikh that dialogue was the only way forward for the two countries, India did not yet appear to be ready.

"There are political compulsions, lack of consensus on what to do. So whenever they are ready they know how to get in touch with me," Qureshi told Times Now in Port of Spain.

"... Now it seems India is yet not ready perhaps because of domestic considerations, perhaps because of a division in Indian polity," he said.