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No substance in charge against Indo-Pak statement: Tharoor

india Updated: Jul 28, 2009 19:50 IST

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The Opposition's charge on the Indo-Pak joint statement lacks substance as New Delhi has stuck to its stand that Islamabad should take credible action against terrorism, Union minister Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said.

"Pakistan has to take credible action against perpetrators of 26/11 and also some long-term action to dismantle terrorist infrastructure there," the minister of state for external affairs told reporters here.

He said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would make a detailed statement on the issue in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. "We stand fully behind the prime minister," Tharoor said.

On the mention of Balochistan in the statement, he said there was no suggestion at all in it that India has any involvement, as being made out by some 'interpreters'.

According to him, the prime minister had already made it clear that India had nothing to hide on bilateral matters. "During talks, the two sides will discuss all issues and we will listen to what they have to say. This does not imply that we have any involvement," he said.

Tharoor said in diplomatic terms, there was a big difference between a joint statement and a treaty. The statement was a summary of talks between two heads of state, while a treaty was a legal document. "We need to appreciate the statement in its context."

He said Pakistan should work towards creating an environment to see that terrorist attacks like 26/11 are not repeated.