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December 29, 2001
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India to assess independently Pak's
claim of arrest of terrorists

India on Saturday ignored US President George W Bush's suggestion asking it to take note of the arrest of terrorists by Pakistan, saying it will make an "independent assessment" of such claims.

"We have seen media reports in Pakistan and the western press. There is no official statement from the Pakistan government to the effect that they have made these arrests. We have to make our independent assessment," an External Affairs Ministry spokesperson told reporters.

"We are in the process of getting the information," she added.

Bush had on Friday stated in Texas that he was pleased to note that Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had announced these arrests. "I hope India takes note that the president is responding forcefully and actively to bring those who would harm others to justice."

The MEA spokesperson said: "We will need much more information in regard to who they have arrested and whether this in any way constitutes a significant step against these terrorist organisations."

PTI

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