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Pakistan denies any role in Mumbai blasts

August 26, 2003 22:10 IST

Urging Indian leaders not to resort to finger pointing in response to the bomb blasts in Mumbai, Pakistan on Tuesday denied Deputy Prime Minister Lal Kishenchand Advani's charge that it has harboured Indians wanted for acts of terrorism in India.

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"We have not given any shelter to any Indian nationals," Pakistan's foreign office spokesman Masood Khan told the BBC.

"I would like to add that this is not the time for finger pointing. Nor should Indian leaders take political mileage out of the gruesome tragedy. We condemn this reprehensible acts of terrorism," he said.

Asked why Pakistan did not cooperate with India in view of the recent thaw in the relations, he said, "Yes there is a thaw. We should maintain the momentum generated. Therefore leaders in India should avoid making negative statements. These are unhelpful." 

"Yes this was a gruesome tragedy. We have condemned it," he added.

Referring to Advani's charge that Pakistan's condemnation was a mere formality, Khan said Pakistan's condemnation was made with 'all sincerity' as Islamabad was against terrorism in all its forms.

"Despite his negative reaction, we still sympathise and condole with the families of innocent civilians in Mumbai who have lost their lives and suffered injuries," he said.

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As long as Pakistan exists, it is going to give headaches to India time and again in this manner. The whole world knows that Pakistan ...

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what can you do other than to condemn the terrorism on our soil. You people can never peacefully and let others live in peace. if ...

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Indian Politicians should not make any comment on Pakistan pointing there fingers to them, instead with the help of Pakistan should try to catch hold ...

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It's shame that these people, kill their own people n also the people who live in peace.... I hardly get convinced with their statements.... atleast ...

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This is the nuissance created by the Pakistan based terrorist group and they are pretending that they are innocent. Literally this is a shame on ...

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