Pakistan has promised on 26/11 action: Krishna

Last Updated: Sat, Sep 08, 2012 17:53 hrs
Pakistan has promised on 26/11 action: Krishna

Islamabad, Sept 8 (IBNS) India and Pakistan should not be held hostage of the history and move forward, said Pakistan foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Saturday after meeting Indian external affairs minister S M Krishna, who said his hosts have committed to bring to book the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack.

Pakistan also agreed to free all Indian fishermen held in their country while the two countries signed a new visa regime that would ease travel of traders and people at large.

Krishna, who is on a three day visit of Pakistan, and Khar met on Saturday as the two countries signed the liberalized visa regime agreement while he and Khar co-chaired the Plenary of the India-Pakistan Joint Commission.

According to indications, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh might also visit Pakistan after this meeting though it was not officially confirmed yet.

"As we go forward we build on the convergences," said Khar, adding that it is the broader vision of Pakistan.

Khar, however, kept silent on terror but did mention Jammu and Kashmir while Krishna referred to the Mumbai attack in the press conference.

"We will move forward. What has happened till now is history, we will not hold ourselves hostage to history," said Khar.

She said Pakistan will build on converges that united the two nations. "I am satisfied that last year or so had been a satisfaction of that. We must not let this relationship held hostage to history," said Khar.

She said India and Pakistan had lost opportunities in the past.

She said the Siachen death of Pakistani soldiers should be a lesson learnt since they did not die in bullets of Indian soldiers.

She said since the last year the joint commission between the two countries which was almost dead for many years was reactivated.

She said this process should continue unhindered.

She said Asif Ali Zardari and Manmohan Singh met in New Delhi and Tehran and things started rolling.

"We have to truly get out of the mindset of viewing things negatively. We have to see with a positive mindset and with a view to move forward," said Khar.

She said the two countries should be development and people-centric.

"Pakistan has every intention to keep its commitment. By Dec 2012 we will see trade normalization with India and treat traders from India exactly we treat traders from anywhere else," she said.

She said for 65 years a great deal was invested on the relationship and there was a hostile narrative against each other. She said now the two have tangoed and there is deep commitment to ensure a narrative with a different lens built on peaceful co-existence.

She said dialogue process should be effective and productive.

She said the two countries should sustain the momentum and with political will all issues that divided the two countries should be sorted out.

She said the issue of Siachen, Jammu and Kashmir and Sir Creek should be resolved based on confidence and commitment and the two sides would march ahead finding solutions to all, including the core issue of Kashmir.

She also assured freeing of all Indian fishermen held in Pakistan.

"We should coexist as part of the region," she said.

Khar said the two countries also have a commitment to SAARC.

Krishna said the discussion were held in a very positive and cordial manner and covered the entire spectrum within the framework of structured dialogue process.

"We took stock of current state of bilateral relations. Given the complexities of the issue we are satisfied at the progress achieved," he said.

He said "we are cognizant that there is a long way to go and the path is not easy but we are committed to write a new chapter."

He said terrorism is a hurdle but the two sides have resolved to fight the scourge in all its forms and manifestations.

He said in this regard Pakistan reaffirmed its commitment to bring to justice the Mumbai attack perpetrators.

He said bilateral visa agreement was signed with the Pakistan interior Minister.

He said all existing CBMs (Confidence Building Measures) and cross LoC CBMs were reviewed.

"On the way forward we agreed on next round of secretary level dialogues," he said.

On Friday Krishna met Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf after he arrived here on a three-day visit to hold a range of talks with officials including Hina Rabbani Khar.

Reaching Islamabad, Krishna said: "I bring a message of goodwill from India for the people of Pakistan.

"I wish to reiterate the desire of India to see a stable and prosperous Pakistan living in peace with itself and the world. That would be in the best interest of everyone."

He said the leadership of India and Pakistan have mandated building of trust and confidence between our two countries.

At Friday's meeting, Pakistan Prime Minister Ashraf told Krishna that he looked forward to a visit by his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh.

Krishna apparently raised the Mumbai attack trial issue during the talks especially after fresh evidences of Pakistan´s involvement in the strike following the arrest of a key suspect, Abu Jundal, who was a Pakistan based India-born handler in the 26/11 carnage.

Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's meeting, Khar said that terrorism was ´the mantra of the past, and not the mantra of future´ and said if guilt was proven Pakistan was committed on bringing alleged 26/11 suspects such as Hafiz Saeed to justice.

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