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Pak "disappointed" over PM remarks
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July 25, 2005 21:47 IST

Pakistan on Monday said it was "disappointed" over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's [Images] statements on infiltration and hoped that India's position on pursuing the dialogue remained unchanged.

"Pakistan is disappointed with the tone and tenor of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statements, which are not in consonance with the statement he made in the past," Foreign

Office spokesman Naeem Khan said.

He termed as "unfortunate", Singh's statements that acts of terrorism and infiltration could make it difficult for India to continue the peace process.

"These allegations do not serve any purpose. Pakistan and India are engaged in the peace process. On our part we believe this process is on track and all those meetings, which are part of the composite dialogue process, are on track.

"Let me assure you that Pakistan is committed to the peace process," Khan said.

He said Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurishid M. Kasuri had expressed surprise over Singh's remarks "because there has been no change in the ground realities in South Asia in the recent past."

"The President of Pakistan and Prime Minister of India have on different occasions and as well as in a Joint Statement of April 18 reaffirmed their commitment to the irreversibility of peace process. Hope this position remains unchanged.

"Pakistan remains committed to the peace process and sticks to the agreed meetings under the composite dialogue process," Khan readout from a statement at a press conference.

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