Pakistan has got a new Foreign Minister in Hina Rabbani Khar, ahead of India-Pak foreign minister level talks at the end of this month. Hina Rabbani Khar was earlier serving as Minister of State, Foreign Affairs.
She may have got a very important position but truth is that it was not very tough for her. She belongs to prominent Khar family of Punjab province of Pakistan and politics happened to this Hotel management graduate by chance when her father proved ineligible for PML-Q’s ticket for national assembly elections in 2002, as he did not have a university degree.
During her tenure as a minister of state, Salman Bashir, foreign secretary of Pakistan out shadowed her. He handled most of the Foreign affairs by receiving dignitaries and also issued statements when Pakistan was facing worst of the foreign policy challenges in Abbottabad crisis and killing of 2 Pakistan nationals by a CIA agent.
Hina was tipped to visit India later this month during foreign minister level talks between the two nations and her hurried appointment as minister is widely seen a move to avoid the protocol hitch. She would be a welcome break from oldies in the foreign affairs ministry of Pakistan who are way too prejudiced to initiate positive changes in the relations between the two nations but on her part it would require a lot of courage. She may end up, as only the face of foreign policy while the military establishment would keep on dictating it.
Anyway knowing her piece of mind is a good thing to do so read on to know her statements on issues of importance to India:
On forthcoming meet with our foreign minister in India: “The dialogue process should be uninterrupted and uninterruptible, help in building trust and be result-oriented”
“Ensuring cooperative relations with countries of the region was at the forefront of Pakistan’s foreign policy”
On civilians taking back control of foreign policy from military establishment: “there’s a real change in Pakistan for who’s responsible for what. But it’ll happen in an evolutionary way, not a revolutionary way.”
On confidence building measures with India: “confidence building with India was making headway, it takes time in complete return to normalcy”
On Manmohan Singh’s “leave Kashmir alone” remark: “We do not believe in reactionary diplomacy and reply at the right time”