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Pak denies that it was mobilising army after quake

October 24, 2005 19:56 IST

Pakistanon Mondaytermed as 'baselessand malicious speculation', the reports that its army was slow in providing relief to earthquake victims as it was busymobilising along the Line of Control and fortifying its bunkers.

"We dismiss these reports as baseless and malicious speculation,"Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam told reporters, reacting to media reports that Pakistan army wasslow to respond to help quake victims because it was mobilising along the border, fearing an attack by India.

She said the Pakistan army and the people responded to the tragedy immediately and in an exemplary manner.

The army immediatelylaunchedrescue operations in the quake-hit areas, which aremarked by difficult terrain, and the entire effort was geared towards saving peoples' lives and providing them food and shelter, she said.

In many inaccessible areas, due to landslides, muleswere being used to deliver goods, Aslam said, adding thatthe tragedy was unprecedented and response by the Pakistan armywas equally unparalleled.

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