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‘For Pakistan To Deny Terror As State Policy Is Unacceptable’

The foreign secretary explains what happened at the failed Indo-Pak talks last month and how India plans to engage with Pakistan in future

‘For Pakistan To Deny Terror As State Policy Is Unacceptable’
Jitender Gupta
‘For Pakistan To Deny Terror As State Policy Is Unacceptable’
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Foreign secretary Nirupama Rao was part of the Indian negotiating team at the failed Indo-Pak talks last month. In this interview with Pranay Sharma, she explains what happened and how India plans to engage with Pakistan in future. Excerpts:

Why did the foreign ministers’ meet in Islamabad end in such a disaster?

Disaster is the wrong word. Every Indo-Pak meeting is an exploration, a quest, an initiation. No absolutes can be applied while describing such meetings. Given the 60 years of relations, it should be apparent that there are no shortcuts to success. Moreover, a press conference cannot be the gauge with which to judge what transpired at the meeting.

Since Indo-Pak relations are fraught with such nasty surprises, why did you not stick to a joint statement instead of a joint press conference?

There are no easy or simple prescriptions. A categorical conclusion that a joint statement would have been better does not simply follow. The convention of a joint press conference...

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