Terrorism to be focus of Indo-Pak FM talks: Krishna
Days after Pakistan said it would raise the alleged human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir in upcoming Indo-Pak talks, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna today made it clear that law and order cannot be questioned in the name of rights and that terrorism will be the focus of the parleys.india Updated: Jul 06, 2010 19:49 IST
Days after Pakistan said it would raise the alleged human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir in upcoming Indo-Pak talks, India on Tuesday made it clear that law and order cannot be questioned in the name of rights and that terrorism will be the focus of the parleys.
"Throughout the country human rights are protected, human rights are sacred to India and that has been ensured by the judiciary," External Affairs Minister SM Krishna told reporters accompanying him on way home from a tour of Mauritius, Mozambique and Seychelles.
"If there are instances of human rights violations, there are agencies within our own country which have been created to ensure human rights protection. So, it can be looked into, but law and order cannot be questioned in the name of human rights," he said.
Krishna's remarks follow his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi's statement that he would raise the issue of alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir during their talks on July 15.
During his meeting with Qureshi, Krishna is expected to explore ways and means to reduce the trust deficit between the two countries that has grown since the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai.
"We would like to talk to Pakistan on a number of concerns that we have. Of course, the primary concern would continue to be terror which emanates from Pakistan," he said.
The minister said that he would continue to talk about terror and seek an update on the trial of those accused of carrying out the deadly attacks in Mumbai in 2008.
"So, I will continue to talk about terror, to talk about Mumbai, find out at what stage is the trial of the accused in the Mumbai attacks," he said.
Observing that the two countries have a "better understanding" of each other's perceptions now, Krishna said the April meeting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani in Thimphu had created an atmosphere wherein India can discuss any issue with Pakistan without any inhibitions.
He said the visit of Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao to Pakistan and the subsequent discussions Home Minister P Chidambaram had with his counterpart Rehman Malik helped the two countries have a "better understanding" of each other's perceptions.
"After the Home Minister's visit and that of the Foreign Secretary, we have a better understanding of each other's perceptions," he said.
Krishna said that Prime Minister Singh has "very rightly" put it that the trust deficit, that seems to have mounted over a period of time, needs to be bridged.
First Published: Jul 06, 2010 19:34 IST