Pak Ministers Comments In Bad Taste: Prasad

New Delhi, Nov 14: | Updated: Nov 15 2003, 05:30am hrs
The government has reacted strongly to comments made by visiting Pakistani information minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and deputy prime minister LK Advani, as reported in Indian newspapers.

A day after these reports were published, information and broadcasting minister Ravi Shankar Prasad termed the Pakistani ministers comments in bad taste.

In a written statement on Friday, Mr Prasad said, I have been pained at the reports of the comments made by my distinguished colleague, the Honble minister of information of Pakistan.

He added, we had welcomed him in India with open arms to take the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (Saarc) process forward, and also to create opportunities for wider and freer interaction of and through the media. It is unfortunate that he used his presence to make negative comments about bilateral relations, India and some of our distinguished leaders. He also said, these were clearly in bad taste and not in keeping with the spirit of Saarc.