Was Qureshi's 'personal' condolence to Krishna over rail tragedy result of US rebuff?

Posted By: Abdul Nisar
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Islamabad, July 21 (ANI): In an apparent bid to ease tension between him and his Indian counterpart S M Krishna, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has reportedly sent a 'personal' condolence message over the horrific train disaster in West Bengal's Sainthia earlier this week.

According to reports, Qureshi, in his letter, extended his condolences to the family members of all those who were killed in the accident.

"Excellency, I was distressed to learn about the news of the train crash in West Bengal on Monday resulting in the loss of 60 precious lives. I wish to convey my deep condolence to Your Excellency and through you to the families and friends of deceased. Please accept, Excellency, the assurance of my highest Consideration," The Nation quoted Qureshi's message, as saying.

The language of the letter clearly shows that Qureshi's condolence was an individual offering without extending his government or people's sympathy over the tragic incident.

It is mentionable that that such a type of correspondence is usually done on behalf of the government or people of a country rather than to convey the 'personal' feelings of a Minister.

Sources also revealed that the following Qureshi's jibe at Krishna after the July 15 talks, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had asked the Pakistani Foreign Minister to end his verbal banter, and it was probably because of Clinton's stern talks which forced Qureshi to offer his 'deep condolences'.

Interestingly, Qureshi was informed about the train accident the same day (Monday) it took place, but he chose to write the letter a day after.

Both Krishna and Qureshi also participated in the International Donor's Conference in Kabul on Tuesday, but there were no formal or informal meeting between the two. (ANI)

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