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No role in terror in Balochistan, says Chidambaram

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June 26, 2010 00:51 IST
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India has denied having any role in terror activities in Balochistan, saying it was a problem which has to be dealt with by Pakistan.

Home Minister P Chidambaram has said that New Delhi sympathises with Islamabad on the terror activities that have taken place in Pakistan.

"But frankly, what interest do we have in Balochistan?" He said India has no role in Balochistan and has no intention of taking any interest in what happens in Balochistan. "Balochistan is part of Pakistan and if there is a problem in Balochistan, it's entirely up to Pakistan government to deal with that problem. There is no way in which we can be held responsible, if they tell us how we can help, I'll listen to them but I can't imagine how we can help," Chidambaram told Times Now in an interview.

The home minister also said that India welcomes sharing of intelligence by Pakistan about terror camps in that country, about so-called non-state actors or anyone else trying to create trouble in India.

"Certainly, they are welcome to share that with us. But if intelligence sharing means that we'll tell them what we have gathered about some people are doing in that country, that would completely compromise our intelligence gathering, isn't it? We'll find out what they mean by intelligence sharing.

"We share intelligence with different countries around the world. But there is a difference in that many terror attacks in India emanate from Pakistan's soil and that's the difference between sharing intelligence with Pakistan and sharing intelligence with other countries," he said. Asked whether his visit to Pakistan has any historic importance, the Home Minister said as it was his first visit to the country it has importance for him. "...if this visit followed by the visit of the Foreign Minister (S M Krishna) can bridge the trust deficit and other deficits that are there, well that's a good beginning," Chidambaram added.


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