India willing to discuss all issues with Pak in a step-by-step approach : Krishna

August 5th, 2010 - 3:09 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Aug 5 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Thursday said India is willing to discuss all issues with Pakistan in a step-by-step approach to sort out differences with the neighbouring country, but cross-border hostilities will have to cease first.

“We have nothing to be afraid of. Let the nation understand India is willing to discuss everything. India favours a graduated and step-by-step approach in resolving differences with Pakistan, but cross-border hostilities will have to cease,” said Krishna in the Rajya Sabha during the Question Hour.

Further referring to the controversial statement of Union Home Secretary G K Pillai, just days ahead of the Foreign Ministerial level talks between India and Pakistan, Krishna said it was a reflection of what Lashkar operative David Coleman Headley had revealed to the Federal Bureau of Inbestigation (FBI).

Pillai had said Pakistan’s ISI had controlled the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks ‘from the beginning to the end’.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested Headley in October 2009.

Headley revealed during interrogation that Pakistani terrorist leader Hafeez Saeed was the mastermind behind the 26/11 attacks in which the ISI played an active and key role, and confessed to his role in the Mumbai attacks in which Pakistani terrorists killed 166 people and injured over 200 others.Headley, 49, told US interrogators that he had conducted a reconnaissance of the Mumbai sites before the attacks, having visited the country several times. (ANI)

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