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Unease in govt over Indo-Pak talks squabble

There is growing concern within the government over the damage internal recrimination, specially over Indo-Pak talks, is causing to its image. The issue has already given a handle to the Opposition parties, including the BJP and the Left, on the eve of Parliament's Monsoon session.

delhi Updated: Jul 23, 2010 02:03 IST
HT Correspondents
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Hindustan Times

There is growing concern within the government over the damage internal recrimination, specially over Indo-Pak talks, is causing to its image. The issue has already given a handle to the Opposition parties, including the BJP and the Left, on the eve of Parliament's Monsoon session.

"We are looking like jokers," lamented a Union Minister.

The latest onslaught from within came from External Affairs Minister SM Krishna who alleged that Home Secretary G.K. Pillai's remarks on the eve of the Indo-Pak foreign minister-level talks had "underpinned" his visit to Islamabad.

Krishna had been criticized for keeping quiet when Pakistan foreign minister SM Qureshi had equated Pillai with JuD chief Hafeez Sayeed for his comments that ISI and the Pakistan army were involved in 26/11.

Krishna's criticism of Pillai raised speculation whether the ministries of external and home affairs were at loggerheads.

"There is a trust deficit within the government," said another Union minister.

Rao tries to break ice

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao called on Pillai to bridge the divide between the two ministries. Thursday's meeting took place at Pillai's North Block office on Raisina Hill long after the television crews outside had melted away. "I can only confirm there was a meeting,” a government functionary said.

Pillai and Rao are understood to have discussed the Indo-Pak talks, his remarks on David Headley's probe report a day earlier and the controversy.

"I think the meeting would have cleared the air," a source later said.

Pak lauds Krishna

Islamabad was quick to welcome Krishna's critical remarks. A gleeful Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Thursday tweeted his thank you to New Delhi for "creating positivity".

"We appreciate PM India & Home Minister for advising their aides nt 2 (not to) give negative statements against Pak," Rehman tweeted on the micro-blogging networking site.

First Published: Jul 22, 2010 23:51 IST