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Pak hopes diplomat's arrest won't overshadow PMs' likely meet
PTI
Thimphu, April 27, 2010
First Published: 22:49 IST(27/4/2010)
Last Updated: 22:51 IST(27/4/2010)

Pakistan tonight expressed hope that the issue of an Indian woman diplomat being arrested on charges of spying for ISI would not overshadow the expected meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani here.

"My information is as good as yours because it is based on media reports... You have shared nothing with us," Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said here when asked to comment on the arrest of Madhuri Gupta, Second Secretary in the Indian High Commission in Pakistan, on charges of spying.

He said he could not comment as she was an Indian national and an Indian diplomat.

When asked to comment on the issue, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir said, "I have just heard about it. I have no clue about it."

Queried whether the issue could overshadow the meeting expected between Singh and Gilani here on the margins of the SAARC Summit, a cautious Bashir said, "as of now, nothing is scheduled. (But) I hope that if interaction takes place (between the Prime Ministers), nothing is going to overshadow that."


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