India believes majority in Pakistan wants peaceful, cordial relations: Krishna

Friday, February 4, 2011

NEW DELHI - External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Friday commenting on the anti-India rally planned by the extremist groups said India believes that the overwhelming majority in Pakistan wants peaceful and cordial relations between the two nations.

Commenting on the anti-India rally planned by the extremist groups, he said: “This is the known position that anti India elements like Hafeez Saeed have been taking in the past, so we are not surprised on there present stance. We hope that they are in a hopeless minority in that country, because we believe overwhelming majority in Pakistan wants peaceful cordial relations with India.”

Krishna added: “It is necessary for us to concentrate on our developmental agenda. What is true of India is true of Pakistan also. We will concentrate on that; we will move in direction in which both countries can co-exist.”

The Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) has announced that it will organize rallies across Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) on February 4 and 5 to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day.

The JuD has said protests will also be organized in Islamabad, Lahore and other cities to show solidarity with the ‘oppressed people of Kashmir’.

Commenting on the Tri Valley University that was shut down by the authorities on January 21 for allegedly violating immigration rules by offering foreigners-specially from India, Krishna said: India has taken the position those students admitted in Tri Valley have gone; all of them have valid visa, they have been duped by this university.”

“It is necessary for US authorities to investigate into the dubiousness of this university, how did federal government give them accreditation, the recognition and how gullible Indian students and other students have been left in the lurch now,” he added.

Further talking on the United States brokered deal in Egypt, Krishna said: “Any settlement to the satisfaction of the people of Egypt is welcomed by India whoever is the broker of that or whoever is helpful in creating a situation of that kind, India certainly would welcome it.”

The United States is reportedly discussing with Egyptian officials a proposal for President Hosni Mubarak to resign immediately and hand over power to a military-backed interim government headed by Vice President Omar Suleiman.

It has been reported that the officials from both the governments have proposed a plan in which Suleiman, backed by Egyptian Defence Minister Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi and Army Chief Lieutenant General Sami Enan would immediately begin a process of constitutional reform.

The proposal also calls for the transitional government to invite members from a broad range of opposition groups, including the banned Muslim Brotherhood. (ANI)

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