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Suspension of talks will help terrorists: Musharraf

india Updated: Jul 19, 2006 16:07 IST

India's decision to postpone Foreign Secretary-level talks and to temporarily suspend the composite dialogue process will only help terrorists, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf told his National Security Council on Tuesday.

Referring to the recent serial bomb blasts in Mumbai; Musharraf was quoted by the Daily Times as saying that "We must not allow such terrorist acts to undermine the historic opportunity for lasting peace between Pakistan and India."

The Foreign Secretary-level talks were to take place on July 20 and 21 in New Delhi to review the progress made in the third round of the composite dialogue process between the two countries.

Sources attending the NSC meeting quoted Musharraf as asking New Delhi to share any concrete information it had about the blasts with Pakistan instead of making "unsubstantiated allegations".

"We would help in the investigation," the president added.

The NSC met with a two-point agenda: To discuss the internal and external security environment and to discuss various initiatives to improve the socio-economic condition of the people of the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Musharraf said the government would not tolerate extremism and militancy. He told the participants that the government was relentlessly pursuing its policy of combating extremism, sectarianism and terrorism.

Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, the NWFP governor, chief ministers of the four provinces, foreign and interior ministers, the services chiefs, and interior and foreign secretaries attended the meeting.