|US call for dialogue
with Pakistan inappropriate: India |
New Delhi, March 25, IRNA -- Rejecting as 'inappropriate' the renewed
US call for dialogue with Pakistan, India on Tuesday regretted that
the continued sponsorship of cross-border terrorism by Islamabad was
"If dialogue per se is more critical than combating international
terrorism with all necessary means, then one can legitimately ask why
both in Afghanistan and Iraq military action instead of dialogue has
been resorted to," India's External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej
Sarna said when asked about remarks made by US State Department
spokesman Richard Boucher in Washington.
India's MEA spokesman said 'we see the call for dialogue by the
US State Department spokesman as inappropriate in the context of the
heinous militant crime in Jammu and Kashmir'.
He said 'it regrettably shifts the focus from the basic problem
between India and Pakistan'. "The problem is not lack of dialogue but
continued sponsorship of cross-border terrorism by Pakistan which is
Asked whether the Indian government saw any linkage between the
stand taken by it on Iraq and stepped-up militant violence in Jammu
and Kashmir, the spokesman said 'there has been continuing violence
which has gone on for a long period'.
"There have been countless acts of militancy over the last nearly
two decades and there is a pattern in the targets chosen and method
adopted," he said, adding the militant activity is continuing because
of the presence of militant groups with support from across the
Boucher said 'violence will not solve Kashmir's problems'.
"Dialogue remains a critical element in the normalization of
relations between India and Pakistan."
Boucher said 'the cowardly attack appears aimed at disrupting the
bold efforts of the Kashmir state government led by Mufti Mohammed
Sayeed to restore peace'.
Meanwhile, India's Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Tuesday
assured Kashmiri Pandits staying in Kashmir Valley that all steps will
be taken to ensure that attacks on the community will not be
allowed to recur.
The government will also soon come out with a 'rehabilitation
policy', including a financial package for the Kashmiri migrants,
displaced more than a decade back due to militancy in the Valley,
Vajpayee was quoted as assuring a Kashmiri Pandit delegation that
called on him here.
"Vajpayee assured us that after the return of Deputy Prime
Minister L K Advani, on a visit to yesterday's massacre site, the
matter will be taken up with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti
Sayeed and the government will ensure that in future such incidents
against Kashmiri Pandits will not be repeated," New Delhi BJP
President Madan Lal Khurana told reporters here.
The prime minister also assured the delegation that the government
would soon consider a policy for rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants,
The delegation expressed its concern over the security of Pandits
staying in the Valley in the wake of Monday's massacre.
Khurana said 'we requested the prime minister for proper
rehabilitation of Kashmiri migrants and also demanded adequate
security for the Pandits staying in the Valley at present'.
Presenting a memorandum demanding an inquiry into attacks on
Pandits, the delegation, comprising head of BJP cell on Kashmir C L
Gadoo, also rejected the government's proposal of creating 'special
secure places' for migrants in the Valley.