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Gilani claims credit for 'no blame game' after Mumbai blasts
PTI
Islamabad, July 25, 2011
First Published: 20:20 IST(25/7/2011)
Last Updated: 20:21 IST(25/7/2011)

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday patted himself on his back claiming that his interactions with Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh led to "no blame game" after the recent bombings in Mumbai unlike in 2008.

Gilani made the remarks during an interaction with a gathering of intellectuals, writers and poets to mark the launch of his new initiative "PM in dialogue with the nation".

The premier said it was because of his interaction with that following the recent bombings at Mumbai, there was "no repeat of the blame game of 2008" and the Indian government acted "maturely".

Gilani was referring to the 2008 Mumbai attacks that were blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba and led to the suspension of the bilateral peace process for over two years.

India and Pakistan agreed to resume their dialogue in February and the foreign ministers of the two sides are set to meet in New Delhi on July 27 for crucial talks.

Pakistan desires good ties with all countries "without accepting the hegemony" of any country and relations should be based on mutual respect and interests, Gilani said.

He recalled his meetings with the Indian Prime Minister and Afghan President Hamid Karzai and said these led to improvement in bilateral ties.

Under the new dialogue, Gilani will hold four interactive sessions with writers, artistes, vice chancellors of universities and the media.


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