Hostile forces in Pak going scot-free, not helping ties: India
Asking Pakistan to subscribe to the concept of good neighbourly relations, the government today said forces hostile to India there were going scot-free which was not helping improve bilateral relations.delhi Updated: May 17, 2012 20:22 IST
Asking Pakistan to subscribe to the concept of good neighbourly relations, the government on Thursday said forces hostile to India there were going scot-free which was not helping improve bilateral relations.
External affairs minister SM Krishna told the Rajya Sabha that India has also taken up with Pakistan the issue of persecution of Hindus there and asked them to discharge the constitutional obligation of protecting minority community and hoped that they will "see the path of reason".
He said he would be raising this issue with the Pakistan leadership when he travels there in the near future.
Replying to a debate on the 'normalisation of relations with Pakistan and issues relating to human rights violations of minorities in Pakistan', Krishna said India has always endeavoured to have good neighbourly relations with Pakistan.
"We have consistently conveyed peace and progress....It is imperative for Pakistan to fulfil its solemn commitment of not allowing forces and terrorists... against India," he said.
Krishna noted that it has come to the government's notice that "some forces, which are hostile are going scot-free to carry hatred towards India. We have conveyed to Pakistan. This will not help in bettering relations."
He did not make any specific reference but was apparently citing the case of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, the main accused in Mumbai attack, who is roaming freely in Pakistan.
Stressing that there is an imperative need for the two countries to live as good neighbours, Krishna said, "That is possible only when Pakistan subscribes to this concept of good neighbourly relations."
Shivanand Tiwari (JD-U) said it was unfortunate that Pakistan could not evolve itself to a "proper" country even after so many years of partition. He also demanded that India should accord citizenships to those who want to migrate.
Naresh Agrawal (SP) alleged that there were many Indians languishing in Pakistani jails, but the government was not doing its bit to bring them back to India.
Bharatkumar Raut (SS) said when Pakistan complains on the plight of Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir, they should also be reminded of the sufferings of minorities in their country. "However, I think this government does not. It's because, this government is weak," he said.
Alleging that minority girls were being forcefully converted into Islam everyday in Pakistan, Avinash Rai Khanna (BJP) said the Indian government, unfortunately, does not respond.
"There are many in Pakistan who want to come back to India...India should simplify rules for granting citizenship to them," he said.
MS Gill (Cong) said human rights violation in Pakistan is glaring and wonders why the Indian government does not take up the matter in the international arena.
Om Prakash Mathur and Tarun Vijay (both BJP) also voiced their opinions.
First Published: May 17, 2012 20:14 IST