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Pakistan ready to help India in 13/7 blast probe: Salman Bashir

Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times  Attari, July 25, 2011
First Published: 20:16 IST(25/7/2011) | Last Updated: 09:39 IST(26/7/2011)

Hoping that the forthcoming foreign minister level talks between India and Pakistan bring in good results, the Pakistan foreign secretary Salman Bashir said that Pakistan was ready to cooperate with India in the investigations of the recent Mumbai blasts.

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Bashir, who arrived two days prior to the Indo-Pak foreign minister talks to be held in Delhi, said, “Pakistan was the first to condole the blasts held in Mumbai. We can feel the pain of the victims of these blasts. Pakistan has always raised voice against terrorism and we are ready to cooperate with India in the investigation of these blasts.”

On help voice samples and other details needed by India, the Pak diplomat said, “These issues are related to internal ministry and I cannot comment on that.”

Responding to a question, the Pakistani foreign secretary, who received a warm welcome at the Attari Border said, “Both the nations before this have had home secretary level talks and Kashmir has been the part of the talks. And in this foreign minister level meeting to be held in Delhi, Kashmir issue will be a part.”

On priorities in the forthcoming ministerial level talks, Salman Bashir, said, “this is going to be a full spectrum dialogue and both nations are expected top talk on wide range issues. All important issues that matter for both the countries will be discussed and we hope that best of results come out.”

The dialogue between both the nations resumed sometime back and things have gone pretty well till now.

"I am happy to be here for the foreign ministry level meeting", he added.

Notably, the Indo-Pak foreign ministers meet in New Delhi on July 27 and the secretary claimed that he would meet his Indian counterpart on July 26 to look into the arrangements for talks.

The foreign secretary Salman Bashir was part of the five-member delegation. Bashir’s wife also accompanied him.


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