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NEW DELHI: On a day when Pakistan foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar's offer for talks received lukewarm response here, Pakistan high commissioner Salman Bashir turned out be the real game-changer as he said that Islamabad was willing to address all Indian concerns over LoC, including its demand for a probe into the mutilation of the bodies of Indian soldiers.

In an exclusive interview to TOI, Bashir said: "Essentially, what the Pakistan foreign minister has said is that Pakistan is willing to discuss all Indian concerns, especially those related to recent LoC developments with a clear objective to ensure respect for ceasefire along LoC." It was Pakistan's refusal to give any such assurance that had forced India to harden its stand and provoked PM Manmohan Singh to say that it can't be business as usual with Pakistan.

Asked if his assurance included India's demand for investigations into the beheading of soldier Hem Raj, Bashir said, "When we say all concerns, we are not excluding anything...I believe all civilized people, no matter where they are, would be appalled by the gruesome incident". However, Bashir added that for India to accuse Pakistan of the act without any probe was still not "understandable" for Pakistan.

Bashir reached out to the Indian people saying that they should not look upon the Pakistanis as "insensitive" or "inhuman". In what is likely to soothe frayed nerves here further, Bashir did not mention any international role, including the UN, while talking about investigations into the incident.

"We want that both sides at the military level undertake their own investigations and use bilateral channels to get to the bottom of the incident. We are also concerned about ceasefire violations that have resulted in several casualties on our side but for peace to prevail we believe that the way forward is to talk to each other instead of getting into mutual recrimination," he told TOI.

He added: "Pakistan foreign minister's offer for talks with her counterpart is of considerable significance as it shows Pakistan's desire to steer the process of reengagement in the right direction and at the same time address the issues of concern through the dialogue process. We hope that this sincere gesture will be reciprocated."

While doubts have been raised about Pakistan's commitment to MFN status for India, Bashir also brushed that aside saying that the "in principle" decision still stands and Islamabad will continue to seek better trade ties with India. He, however, added that for this it was important the positive atmosphere prior to the LoC flare-up was not vitiated.

Bashir said that he found developments like the return of Pakistan hockey players and move by India to stall visa-on-arrival for senior citizens "troubling". "I think when there are multiple issues, both sides need to communicate more and not allow iron curtains to descend".

As he pointed that there have been no "impulsive" reactions from Pakistan authorities to the statements made by Indian leaders, including Manmohan Singh. He said Pakistan still looked upon Singh as a man of peace who is very well respected in his country for his initiative for dialogue between the two countries.

Bashir said Pakistan was not proposing any time frame for Khar-Khurshid dialogue. "We have made an offer and the two most important words are 'dialogue' and 'de-escalation' - the rest is a question of form and modality," he said.

Talking about the deep sense of hurt in India over the LoC incident, Bashir called upon people in position of responsibility and opinion makers to act responsibly and "not play with raw emotions". "People of Pakistan are not insensitive to the sentiments of the people of India. Whenever there is a tragic incident - be it an earthquake or a terror attack or some heinous crime - ordinary people suffer from the same sentiment. But what I object to is the instinctive reflexes for Pakistan bashing and whipping up of emotions which has almost turned into a stereotype. It is important for saner voices to realize that neither Pakistan can wish India away nor India can do the same to Pakistan," he said.

Bashir ended by recalling what Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar had said on his visit to Pakistan recently: "Our people have shared geography and history and there is no reason why they can't share their future too."

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Looks like now that the Long March is over Pakistan is finally getting down to Business. Good Development :tup:
 

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Good job by Pakistan.

When dealing with tantrum-prone Indians, the best route is to be the bigger man and act mature.
 

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Good job by Pakistan.

When dealing with tantrum-prone Indians, the best route is to be the bigger man and act mature.
Yeah Tantrum Prone Indians Called Their NLI , mujhadeens .

Tantrum Prone Indians said Ajmal Kasab is not Pakistani

Tantrum Prone Indians then cordoned of his village .

Later Tantrum Prone Indians accepted him as Pakistani with throwing words like non state actors and all

Now this .

Aren't we seeing a pattern of "Tantrum Prone Indians" here ??
 

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Good job by Pakistan.

When dealing with tantrum-prone Indians, the best route is to be the bigger man and act mature.
Why don't they just offer this before??

We were asking for the same from the beginning..

You were trying to be smart a$$ by bringing a third party investigation..
 

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Good job by Pakistan.

When dealing with tantrum-prone Indians, the best route is to be the bigger man and act mature.
Where was the maturity in the last few days when senior pakistani people kept repeating that their soldiers have done nothing? :lol:
 

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Yeah Tantrum Prone Indians Called Their NLI , mujhadeens .

Tantrum Prone Indians said Ajmal Kasab is not Pakistani

Tantrum Prone Indians then cordoned of his village .

Later Tantrum Prone Indians accepted him as Pakistani with throwing words like non state actors and all

Now this .
Tantrum-prone Indians were more interested from day one to play politics wqth 26/11 than to solve it.
Tantrum-prone Indians drummed up a couple of routine crimes in Australia into hysteria about 'attacks on Indian students'.
Tantrum-prone Indians imposed visa restrictions on Maldives after a private Indian company's shady dealing went awry.
Tantrum-prone Indians have turned this latest incident into a 24/7 media event.

Aren't we seeing a pattern of "Tantrum Prone Indians" here ??
You better believe it.
 

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Why don't they just offer this before??

We were asking for the same from the beginning..

You were trying to be smart a$$ by bringing a third party investigation..
The reason could be.... they wanted to call indians "tantrum-prone" .... LOL

Any way its a good development :tup:
 

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Why don't they just offer this before??

We were asking for the same from the beginning..

You were trying to be smart a$$ by bringing a third party investigation..
Pakistan is not obligated to say 'how high' every time India says 'jump'. However, as I indicated, in the interest of peace, one side has to be the bigger man.

Where was the maturity in the last few days when senior pakistani people kept repeating that their soldiers have done nothing? :lol:
See above.
 

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Tantrum-prone Indians were more interested from day one to play politics wqth 26/11 than to solve it.
Playing Politics . LOL . Who stirred it . Such events are POLITICAL dear TT when citizens of another nation commit terrorist attacks .
Tantrum-prone Indians drummed up a couple of routine crimes in Australia into hysteria about 'attacks on Indian students'.
This Shows How we back our people and expats . While on the other hand "Tantrum prone Indians" take Money on the one hand from a Nation and from the other hand point fingers towards it .

[/QUOTE]Tantrum-prone Indians imposed visa restrictions on Maldives after a private Indian company's shady dealing went awry.[/QUOTE]

Yes We like to protect our Investments Outside the country . Once "Tantrum Prone Indians" start making outside Investment they will understand what it is about
Tantrum-prone Indians have turned this latest incident into a 24/7 media event.
Such events do come to media . Why cry wolf all the time dear TT ??



You better believe it.
LOL
 

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Pakistan is not obligated to say 'how high' every time India says 'jump'. However, as I indicated, in the interest of peace, one side has to be the bigger man.

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Then why the drama of third party investigation??

In the end, you were forced to walk in the line which India has drawn..
 

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To me,this is just a sham and waste of time. India must not restart sporting, cultural or any other events with pakistan.

Political dialogue should continue only if pakistan comes up with something credible in its investigation (if it happens at all)
 

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Indian establishment is idiot. they don't have the strategy to deal with Pakistani army. Most of the act of killing are done on the orders of Pakistabi army top brass including 26/11.
What do they expect "Pakistan would try Kyani for violation of human rightsan and act of terrorism."

Pity politics and sense vaccum is harming more than an enemy. There was talk og giving vir chakra to those slain so now getting killed is becoming an act of courage.
 

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