Krishna-Khar meeting possible in Tokyo tomorrow

New Delhi: There is a possibility of a meeting between Foreign Minister S M Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar on the sidelines of a conference on Afghanistan in Tokyo tomorrow. "Though the minister has two confirmed bilateral meetings with France and Japan on the margins of this conference, there is also a possibility of a meeting between Krishna and Khar," official sources said today.

Such a meeting between the two ministers will come two days after the talks between their Foreign Secretaries on the crucial issues of peace and security, including terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir and promotion of friendly exchanges. During the Secretary-level talks, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai had shared the information gathered from LeT terrorist Abu Jundal who revealed that he, along with LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, was in the control room in Pakistan during 26/11 Mumbai carnage in 2008.

Mathai also shared the information on Pakistani passport and Pakistan`s domestic identity cards issued to Jundal in the name of Riyasat Ali to the visiting delegation, indicating the involvement of Pakistan state agencies in the Mumbai attack. It also asked the Pakistani side to find out how such crucial national documents were issued to Jundal and to find out who were behind providing the passport and the two ID cards to Jundal.

"I emphasised that terrorism was the biggest threat to peace and security in the region and bringing the guilty to justice in the Mumbai terror attacks would be the biggest CBM of all….The ongoing interrogation of Abu Jundal has now added urgency to the matter. I did take up the matter with (Pakistan) Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani and shared information with him," Mathai had said at a joint press interaction with Jilani here after their talks. However, Jilani had rejected the role of any Pakistani state agency in the Mumbai carnage in which 166 people were killed.