"Thus, I concluded, the time was propitious to take up what, for the past two decades, I have been calling an "uninterrupted and uninterruptible" dialogue. I believe this is feasible, I believe this is desirable. And I believe that we must frontally take on the most difficult issues as the priority, as Dr. Manmohan Singh and Pervez Musharraf had so courageously and dramatically demonstrated. My parting shot was, "I love Pakistan because I love India".
Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on why he said what he did in Pakistan. Read his column here.
The suspended Congress leader, who is visiting Pakistan, sparked another controversy on Tuesday, saying he received "much more hatred in India" than the love he receives in Pakistan, according to several media reports.
Aiyar made these comments during the Karachi Literature Festival, ANI reported.