Foreign Office Counsels Caution On India’s Offer

February 9, 2010

Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD: With Islamabad’s desire for revival of Composite Dialogue trumped by the Indian offer last week of foreign secretary-level talks, Foreign Office mandarins are advocating a cautious response to New Delhi’s invitation.

The Foreign Office on Monday held ‘in-house deliberations’ on the invitation extended to Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir by his Indian counterpart, Nirupama Rao.

Rao had offered to discuss all outstanding issues with a focus on counter-terrorism, but made clear that India was not interested in resumption of Composite Dialogue suspended after the Mumbai attacks.

India has offered Feb 18 and 25 as possible dates for foreign secretaries’ meeting.

Although the Foreign Office has not taken a final decision, there was strong resistance at the meeting to accepting parleys that do not lead to the restoration of Composite Dialogue or having a confab under a new framework.

“It was felt that we ought to be very careful because engagement with India without any prior agreement on resumption of Composite Dialogue would not be to our advantage,” a senior official told Dawn after lengthy discussions on the issue.

Pakistan has steadfastly held to its position that the Composite Dialogue process offered hopes for a meaningful engagement to address all outstanding issues and was the only way forward for normalising the bilateral ties.

The Indian invitation for talks has nevertheless put Pakistan into a diplomatic dilemma. Accepting the offer compromises its stance on Composite Dialogue, while rejecting it may invite international pressure with world capitals perceiving Islamabad as ‘a blocker’.

Describing the talks offer as a ‘bait’, an official candidly accepted that ‘it had put the Foreign Ministry in a fix’.

Officials, however, insisted that the mood at in-house consultations should not be used for prejudging Pakistan’s response.

“At the end of the day it is going to be the political leadership’s decision on whether or not to accept the invitation,” a diplomat said, adding it (political leadership) might come up with some ‘out of box thinking’.

The Foreign Office will now hold an inter-agency consultative session on Wednesday involving other stakeholders, notably the defence ministry, for firming up a strategy on the talks offer.



  1. You pakistanis are smart !

    I dont have a toilet here in india …..you people can talk this foreign office bullshit because u have a nice place to shit and wash ur ass

    Look at me ..here in india i shit in my bed …have u ever seen shit lying in ur bed ??

    haan ?…tell me ??

    my cow shits in my living room, i shit in my bedroom ….this whole place is a shit house !

    But now im working on building a VERY big toilet, infactm my entire house will be a toilet with a comote in every ROOM !

    Please Donate :

    Ask Jeeves
    420 Gali,
    Ghatia Mohala
    Dharvi, Mumbai, India (South Pakistan)

    • @ ask.jeeves

      Hey u idiot ..i still have my offer for a plastic bag on the table …

    • @ask.jeeves, whoever you are I have sympathies for you. Don’t make a fool of yourself. If you have something constructive to say leave a comment otherwise don’t let people think You are stupid which I am sure you are not.

  2. there are jelous pakistanis here who are imitating my name. ignore them

    can slaves be masters just by imitating them?

    • @ask jeeves
      I think it was you who started using names used by Pakistanis like ‘Emperor.babur’ and wrote trashy comments ! or some other Mallu…not sure! Keep the last sentence of urz for that moron!

      Anyway I’m sick of these spam msgz under every topic!

      • indians never start the abusing. check any forum and see

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