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I did not intend to hurt Zardari:PM

world Updated: Jul 12, 2009 01:51 IST

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“It was not not my intention in any way to hurt Zardari Sahib’s feelings,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday on his virtual public snub to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari.

Speaking to reporters accompanying him on his way back home from Italy, said he had not not intended to say that in the presence of all the media.

“Let me say that what I had said to Zardari Sahib, I had not not intended to say that in the presence of all the media. I simply forgot that the media were present there. It was not not my intention in any way to hurt Zardari Sahib’s feelings,” he said in reply to a question.

Ahead of their meeting in Yekaterinburg in Russia last month, Singh had told Zardari in their first meeting after the chill brought about by the Mumbai terror strike that “I am happy to meet you but my mandate is limited to telling you that the territory of Pakistan must not not be allowed to be used for terrorism against India.”

He was replying to a question about his “unusual” step in Yekaterinburg when a reporter wanted to know whether such messages work on Pakistani leaders and whether it was business as usual in Pakistan.