28 November, 2020

'Why Say All This In India?'

Pakistan high commissioner Ashraf Jehangir Qazi is in the news. His report on the speech of Outlook columnist and Pakistani journalist Najam Sethi in New Delhi was used by the Pakistani government to make his arrest. Sethi was picked up at gunpoint f

'Why Say All This In India?'

How do you react to the boycott of all functions that you participate in by the Editor's Guild of India?
First of all, I'm not answerable to anyone in India for doing my official duty, which is to report on the activities that take place here. I think it's a completely misplaced decision, but it's their decision. I have always sought a very intimate and positive relationship with the media here, because it has a very important role to play in the development of India-Pakistan relations.

The note you sent your foreign office on Najam Sethi's speech was very strong: you used the term 'contemptible treachery'...
I'm not going to discuss what is purported to be the text of an official communication from me to my government. But I will say that I had an extremely negative reaction to the talk given by Najam Sethi. He was speaking in the context of the Kewal Singh Memorial lecture series to an elite Indian audience on the subject of Pakistan and the 21st century, with Mr Gujral in the chair.

I had not been invited to the lecture, contrary to the...



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