Who sabotaged Krishna?

Published: July 24, 2010

Were Pak-India peace talks sabotaged?

This is not the first time that Indian extremists have sabotaged crucial peace talks with Pakistan.

On February 19 2007, one day before Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri landed in New Delhi for peace talks, a bomb exploded aboard the Samjhota Express, or the friendship train launched as a peace gesture. Fifty nine Pakistani visitors heading to India were burned alive. A cynical Indian government blamed the ISI and Kashmiri freedom fighters for the incident but later it turned out that serving Indian military Intelligence officers and members of a Hindu terror group were involved. The Indian officers were arrested for a trial but soon investigations were blocked.

This was the clearest evidence to date proving the existence of a pro-war camp in New Delhi which springs to action whenever anyone within the Indian government decides to discuss Kashmir with Pakistan. It is almost as if there is an undeclared gag on Indian politicians warning them of dire consequences if they dare to try and resolve disputes with Pakistan. Unfortunately, the American and British media and politicians continue to turn a blind eye to the existence of extremists in New Delhi. The same Indian pro-war camp sprung into action on July 15 2010 and the latest victim was Indian’s own foreign minister S. M. Krishna.

Mr. Krishna realizes the bitter truth: His government, or influential elements within it, pulled his leg from under him when he landed in Islamabad for crucial peace talks with Pakistan. The bitter foreign minister has accused his own government’s Interior Secretary G. K. Pillai of sabotaging his visit to Pakistan. He said Pillai “would have been wiser” if he had not made the damaging statement, in a television interview with CNN-IBN on Wednesday. Mr. Pillai, of course, acted on behalf of all the extremists in New Delhi in scuttling the talks.

This political tussle was as intense as a melodramatic Indian movie. As Mr. Krishna’s plane touches down in Islamabad on July 15, 2010, in New Delhi Mr Pillai issued a statement claiming the Pakistani government and ISI were directly involved in the Mumbai attacks. This statement tied Mr. Krishna’s hands and poisoned the expected talks before they even began. Could anything be more dramatic?

Krishna told CNN-IBN’s Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesi that the Indian home secretary was almost responsible for destroying talks with Pakistan. Krishna said:

“Well, in hindsight, I think Pillai could have waited till I came back to issue a statement. Perhaps it would have been wiser if that statement had not been made just on the eve of my visit.”

But the real question, one that Mr. Krishna has avoided discussing in public (possibly because it was damaging to India) is this: Who within the Indian government planned the sabotage of talks with Pakistan?

Someone brave in the Indian media will have to step up and expose the pro-war camp within the Indian government, military, intelligence and Hindu extremist and terror groups. This camp is violently opposed to peace in Pakistan and Kashmir. Pakistani government officials, the military, and local civil society have to step up and draw the world’s attention to the terrorists in New Delhi who burned 59 Pakistanis alive just one day before the Pakistani foreign minister landed in New Delhi on February 19. It is not the Mumbai attacks of 2008 but the Samjhota Express attack of 2007 that holds the key to exposing who is stalling efforts to resolve Kashmir and other disputes between Pakistan and India.


Ahmed Quraishi

The author is a journalist and a public policy professional, with government & private sector experience across Pakistan and the Middle East. He tweets @Office_AQPk (twitter.com/Office_AQPk)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pracker S. Ali Raza

    It was a drama played by the Indian Government. As Krishna was to initiate the talk, Pillai was fed to speak to the world via the media and put a blame on ISI, only because Headley said so. Then the next day, Our FM Qureshi Sb, was too soft on the Indian stance, and did not assert on what Pakistan had asked for from India.

    The inevitable happened, for which now Gen Kiyani is extended a 3 year term, the FO has shifted to GHQ, and in order to please Mullen, Krishna played a drama putting down Pillai for his remarks.

    Later in the night, Krishna and Pillai had drinks and went to bed happily after all, while we continue to reason what the hell happened.

    Welcome to Tribune AQ – We need peace, not war! Please :)Recommend

  • talha

    The meeting of our foreign minister with Indian counterpart, the American visit for the Afghan trade and the extension of our chief are three in a same row project. The tuff tradeoff by the American government in the region will totally support the Indian in the future and gradually these guardians will try to isolate our positioning. We need to clear our place with china regarding business and military strength and finally work out with Iran for gas pipeline and transit trade.

    The Krishna and the Qureshi love story was prolonged due to its high intensity. The basic idea behind the meeting was the Afghan transit trade with India.

    We justifiably hate Indians because of their supremacy at government level as well as on economic front but we love their fine arts and share our ideas on various projects. We love conspiracy theories and we always dreams about it.Recommend

  • Tayyab

    have u got no other story ???? duh !!!Recommend

  • Tayyab

    its the same old story… indians blaming pakis and Pakis blaming indians… the fact is we cannot have peace until the core issues are resolved… (Kashmir that is)…..Like Musharraf said to indian media.. ” Whatever You do, we have to do it as well. And ISI in india is doing exactly what RAW is doing in pakistan ” …. cant say more!!Recommend

  • Harsh

    This is not the last time Pakistan blamed India for every failure of talks.
    Incidentally, after the talks, every time India got stabbed in the back.. Kargil… Srinagar Assembly attack.. parliament attack.. Mumbai.

    High time pakistan concentrate on itself and it’s problems rather than messing around with India.Recommend