October 22 1997
Bahrain: The Pakistani Foreign Minister, Mr Gohar Ayub Khan is not unduly disturbed about the fact that the US administration has put the Harkat-ul-Ansar on the list of terrorist groups. In an interview to the Gulf News, in Dubai, he said, "We have said before that the organization is in India-occupied Kashmir."
The hostages were taken in India-occupied Kashmir, and as for their fate, we have directed all inquiries to the Indian side."
Further, he stated that the US action was not a slap on the face of Pakistan.
Asked whether the impasse in the Indo-Pakistan talks on Kashmir was due to differences that India wanted it to be held at the Foreign Secretary level while Pakistan wanted it to be taken up at the level of officials in the Foreign Ministries, Mr Ayub answered in the affirmative.
He asserted that Pakistan would not allow the talks to die, but he also wanted the Prime Minister, Mr I K Gujral to give direction to these talks.