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India slams Pak's blast remark

india Updated: Jul 13, 2006 01:23 IST

Lashing out at Pakistan for seeking to link Kashmir issue to the "blatant and inhuman" bomb attacks in Mumbai, India on Wednesday asked it to fulfil urgently its "solemn commitments" to dismantle terror infrastructure in that country and join hands with New Delhi in eliminating the scourge.

Terming as "appalling" Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri's remarks that the "best way of tackling extremism in South Asia" is to tackle "real issues" like Kashmir, New Delhi asked Islamabad to act against "individuals and groups" responsible for terrorism.

"Terrorism can't be tolerated on any ground whatsoever and no cause justifies murder of innocent people," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna told reporters in New Delhi.

Reacting to the remarks attributed to Kasuri who is currently in the US, Sarna said, "We find it appalling" that Kasuri should "seek to link the blatant and inhuman act of terrorism against innocent men, women and children to so-called lack of resolution of disputes between India and Pakistan."

The spokesman said Kasuri's remarks "appeared to suggest that Pakistan will co-operate with India against the scourge of cross border terrorism only if so called disputes are resolved."

India hopes Pakistan government rejects such linkage and "joins hand with India to defeat the forces of terrorism based on ideology of extremism and violence," he said.