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India raises terrorism issue with Pakistan
V Mohan Narayan in Astana |
July 05, 2005 12:16 IST
India on Tuesday told Pakistan that it was ready to give 'concrete evidence' of cross-border terrorism and made it clear that it will not accept linkage of trade and economic cooperation with progress on the vexed Kashmir issue.
"We will give you concrete evidence of cross-border terrorism," External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh said during a 45-minute meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on the margins of the summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
Contending that there were no good or bad terrorists, Aziz said "We are institutionally against terrorism."
Official sources said the recent controversy over Pakistan Information and Broadcasting Minister Sheikh Rashid admitting that he had organised a training camp for Kashmiri militants at his farmhouse near Rawalpindi in the late 1980s
did not figure in the meeting.
At the meeting, both sides reaffirmed their commitment to the composite dialogue process.
The Pakistan prime minister, who was accompanied by Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri, said the dialogue process was proceeding.
"Naturally, some hiccups are there, but the process is irreversible," Aziz said.
"We agreed that this process is irreversible," Singh told reporters.