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Krishna's remarks on terror attacks immature: Pakistan

Pakistan has rejected as "immature" External Affairs Minister SM Krishna's reported remarks that any future terror attack on India could impact bilateral ties, saying it would not be "scared by any threat."

world Updated: Jan 24, 2010 00:33 IST

Pakistan has rejected as "immature" External Affairs Minister S M Krishna's reported remarks that any future terror attack on India could impact bilateral ties, saying it would not be "scared by any threat."

Reacting to Krishna's remarks carried by a magazine, Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit said this was the minister's own thinking and that no country had been as sincere as Pakistan in the fight against terrorism as it was a "real victim" of the menace.

Pakistan would not be scared by any threat, Basit was quoted as saying by state-run APP news agency, describing
Krishna's reported remarks as "an immature statement".

Krishna, while reacting to Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani's reported statement that Islamabad could not guarantee against
a repeat of 26/11, was quoted by India Today as saying that India has been appreciated for its tolerance and statesmanship in the aftermath of Mumbai strikes, "but any repeat of such attacks will have serious repercussions on bilateral ties."

Basit claimed that India's response has been "lethargic" and "not positive" despite all the cooperation from Pakistan.

The "deadlock between the two countries would only be beneficial for non-state actors," he contended.

Both countries are nuclear powers and "to think about war is equal to suicide", he added.

Pakistan is fully capable of defending its soil and the country's "nuclear deterrence is fully credible", Basit said.