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Pakistan has nothing to do with Kashmir infiltration: Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi declared emphatically on Thursday that Pakistan had nothing to do with the infiltration of terrorists from his country into Jammu and Kashmir. Graphics: Krishna fails to defend Pillai | Indo-Pak dialogue stumbles | Listen to podcastvideo

world Updated: Jul 16, 2010 10:31 IST

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi declared emphatically on Thursday that Pakistan had nothing to do with the infiltration of terrorists from his country into Jammu and Kashmir.

In response to a question at the press conference after his talks with his Indian counterpart SM Krishna, Qureshi said: "Infiltration is not the policy of Pakistan or any intelligence agency of Pakistan. Period."

"But if there are individuals who have crossed over, deal with them firmly."

Qureshi's comments came soon after Krishna said that there had been an increase in infiltration of terrorists from Pakistan into Jammu and Kashmir so as to create instability "in that part of India".

New Delhi has accused Pakistan of financing, arming and training militants fighting to end Indian rule in Jammu and Kashmir. Islamabad says that it only provides moral and diplomatic support to the separatists in the Indian state.

The two countries dispute the ownership of Jammu and Kashmir and hold parts of the divided Himalayan province.