“India, Pakistan Not On the Same Page On Key Issues”


I spoke to Shamil Shams of German Radio Deutsche Welle about the meeting between Pakistan’s president, Asif Ali Zardari and Indian prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in Tehran on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement Summit. 

I said, “India and Pakistan are not on the same page in terms of prioritizing their key issues. For Pakistan, the resolution of the Kashmir dispute is the biggest demand, whereas India considers Pakistan-based Islamic extremism the main problem.”

“It was evident that Pakistan was still supporting LeT,” I said while referring to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, the terrorist group that masterminded the Mumbai attacks in 2008.

“Lashkar’s chief Hafiz Saeed regularly appears on Pakistani television and makes public speeches enticing violence against India. I don’t think that Pakistan is showing commitment to act against LeT. Such impunity granted to Hafiz Saeed has hurt the Indian confidence in Pakistan.”

I think, “the Tehran meeting should not be mistaken for consensus on important issues between Islamabad and New Delhi and that a lot more needed to be done.”

You can read the full report here 


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