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Indo-Pak commuter safety to figure in talks: Kasuri

February 19, 2007 21:04 IST

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In the wake of the blasts on the Samjhauta Express, the safety of rail commuters between India and Pakistan will figure in discussions Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri will have with leaders in Delhi during his visit beginning Tuesday.

Kasuri made this clear as he condemned the explosions as an "horrendous act of terrorism" and emphasised that it should not impede the peace process between the two countries.

Speaking to Indian news channels over phone from Islamabad, he said he would not be surprised if the incident turned out to be an attempt to sabotage the peace process between the two countries.

"I would not be surprised if it were because the timing (of the incident) is very very important and it is unfortunate," he said adding, "the response to that is that the peace process must go on."

"We must deny the terrorists any opportunity. This act has to be condemned unreservedly. It should act as an impetus for India and Pakistan to carry forward the peace process with even greater sincerity and a sense of purpose and direction," he said.

Kasuri said that during his visit he would discuss the security of the commuters between India and Pakistan though it was not part of agenda of talks.

"We should not allow the designs of the perpetrators to succeed. We must carry forward this peace process with sincerity and hope to resolve all our outstanding problems," he said.

"On our side, we have instructed the Ministry of Interior and railway authorities of Punjab government to facilitate the travel of the families of the victims," Kasuri said, hoping the Indian side was also making similar arrangements and would provide more information on the incident.

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