Indians are stubborn, arrogant: Pakistani officials
Apr 8, 2007 - 2:35:40 PM

Islamabad, Apr 8 - Pakistani officials talking to the Indian side on reducing military presence on the Siachen glacier in the Himalayas found the Indians 'stubborn' and 'rather arrogant,' media reports said Sunday.

The prospects for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's much-awaited visit to Pakistan were reduced further, The Nation newspaper said, even the talks ended with the two sides agreeing to meet again and resolving the dispute in a peaceful manner through talks.

It quoted unnamed sources, who had 'a different story to tell'. They said the newly appointed Defence Secretary Kamran Rasool, who was leading the Pakistani delegation, 'angrily came out of the meeting an hour after resumption of the talks and went straight to his room. His Indian counterpart soon followed him and had a 40-minute meeting over there.'

Despite this, results of the meeting remained 'inconclusive', the sources added.

The News quoted unnamed sources in the Pakistani Defence Ministry that the talks failed due to 'Indian stubbornness'.

'India has become rather arrogant after getting closer to the US,' they said.

Although no dates were fixed for the meeting, it was the only reaffirmation that dropped hints of positive development emerging in these talks, said a senior official.

Otherwise, both the sides stuck to their guns on the lingering issue, reports here said.

Sources privy to the meeting told The Nation that Pakistan had floated proposals to the Indian side in November 2006 in New Delhi, which were considered to be a win-win situation for both the countries. However, these were not given due consideration and as a result progress on the issue could not be achieved this time also, they lamented.

The Indian version of the meeting was not available.

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