Sushma Swaraj said that Modi, in his talks with Sharif in New Delhi after the swearing-in ceremony, had taken several initiatives to push forward the ties, including proposing trade on the Wagah-Attari border and the Foreign Secretary-level talks.
"Who derailed this initiative? It was Pakistan," she said. Asked if there was a flaw in India's Pakistan policy in the wake of the sari-shawl diplomacy of good ties between the two leaders which culminated in the talks being called off, Swaraj denied it.
"There is no flaw in our Pakistan policy. We had good talks during the May meeting between Modi and Sharif. But they have not been able to start the trade on the Wagah-Attari border." "On the Foreign Secretary talks, our Foreign Secretary spoke to theirs and it was decided to hold it in Islamabad, and on Aug 25. But before that what was the need (for the Pakistan envoy) to invite the separatists?" Swaraj said. "What was the need, what did they achieve? We have said clearly that if you speak with them, we will call off talks, and so we called off the talks... Where is the flaw in insisting that they not interfere in our internal affairs?" Swaraj posed.
Swaraj also acknowledged that India is "very disappointed" over Pakistan dragging its feet over the 26/11 trial and said clearly that the 2008 Mumbai attacks and the 2007 Samjhauta train bombings are separate issues. On the 26/11 trial in Pakistan, she said, "We have told them repeatedly that they show some progress", adding: "Yes, we are disappointed" over the lack in progress.