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Military movements are routine exercise, says Pranab

December 30, 2008 15:28 IST

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Rejecting Pakistan's contentions, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee [Images] said on Tuesday that there had been no escalation of tensions on the part of India and that its military movements were routine winter exercises.

Reacting to his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood
Qureshi's statement that India had deployed ground forces to forward positions and activated forward airbases, Mukherjee said that there had been no no such action on the part of India to escalate tension.


The Indian army [Images] has made it clear that it's military movements were a "normal winter exercise", the minister told PTI. 

Mukherjee said that in response to
India's demand that it should dismantle terrorist infrastructure, Pakistan was making an attempt "to divert the attention, to create tension".

"We have not not created any tension....first there
should be escalation from Indian side, then the question of de-escalation will come.  We have not not escalated anything," the minister said.

He pointed out that the army had stated that whatever
they were doing was a "normal winter exercise" which is done every year. "There is no no question of mobilisation or escalation of tension," he said.

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