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Pak charge of India funding Taliban totally false: PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday strongly rejected Pakistan's charge that India was funding Taliban, saying it was "far-fetched and far from truth" and those levelling such allegations "know it jolly well".

india Updated: Oct 29, 2009 13:53 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday strongly rejected Pakistan's charge that India was funding Taliban, saying it was "far-fetched and far from truth" and those levelling such allegations "know it jolly well".

Singh described as "totally false" the allegation made by Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik that India was fomenting unrest within that country through steps such as funding Taliban based along the border with Afghanistan.

"I think nothing can be far-fetched, far from truth. We are the victims of terrorism, aided and abetted from Pakistani side.

"Therefore, my simple answer that both the references to Balochistan and what has been said with regard to India funding Taliban are totally false," he said during a press conference after his two-day visit to Kashmir.

Singh said that what was alleged about India's role in Balochistan has no basis and those who are levelling false charges "know it jolly well".

"The same applies to the latest statement of an important minister (Malik) accusing India of financing Taliban," the Prime Minister said.