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India has made us the scapegoat: Pak

K J M Varma in Islamabad | July 19, 2006 14:39 IST

Claiming that it has been made a scapegoat in the aftermath of the Mumbai blasts, Pakistan on Wednesday said India has been approaching the peace process like it was doing a favour by participating in the talks.

But Islamabad wants the dialogue to continue as more has been achieved during this peace process than in the past.

Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri termed the postponement of foreign secretary-level talks in the wake of the Mumbai blasts as a 'negative development because it believes the whole approach is misconstrued'.

"This peace process is as good for India as for Pakistan and for the whole of South Asia. There is too much at stake, therefore this is a negative development," he said.

He said making 'spontaneous allegations' against Pakistan may not help with the investigations in the long run.

"Pakistan is being made a convenient scapegoat but in the long run it will not help India because an effective fight against terror would demand very serious analysis of the situation".

Terming the existence of militants groups in Pakistan as a 'blowback' effect of fighting against the erstwhile Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan in the 1990s, Kasuri said they needed to be rehabilitated.

Kasuri also said that he was disappointed the way India's external affairs ministry reacted to his 'misreported' remarks over the need for resolving the Kashmir issue to prevent terrorist attacks.

"We have come out with utter and total condemnation unequivocally over terrorism. It is obvious that the official concerned wanted some excuse to link me to certain ingenious construction to a question regarding India and Pakistan. It is completely unwarranted," he said.

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Sub: The terrible goat -pakistan

having justified the bomabay blastby token fo expressing sympathy for the victims of the blast , now pakistan is blaming india for its own mistake ...

Posted by Raghavan

Sub: Mr. Kasuri's remarks were actually true...

Mr. Kasuri's remarks about the requirement of talks between India and Pakistan was true... we DO need to talk to pakistan if we want to ...

Posted by Aurijit Sarkar

Sub: Nothing New

Pakistan has time and again betrayed India's trust whenever India started peace process. Be it Kargil OR Mumbai Serial blasts in 1993. If Pakistan has ...

Posted by Anubhuti

Sub: It was right decision

If Pak felt they were made scapegoat then it is true and they deserve that and make them face things like this then only we ...

Posted by san

Sub: Pakistan's History

As GWB says - Pakistan's history is replete with examples of sponsoring terrorism in India and elsewhere. It is now incumbent on Pakistant to prove ...

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