Pakistan on Saturday asked India to share information that had prompted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to express apprehension about a possible terrorist attack from Pakistani territory during the upcoming general election in the neighbouring country.
“Taking a very serious view of this accusation, the Acting High Commissioner of India was called in today by Director General (South Asia) to convey that the government of India share with the government of Pakistan any specific information available with it which had prompted such an allegation by them,” said a statement issued late tonight by the Foreign Office spokesman.
The statement noted that Prime Minister Singh had during a public interaction “expressed the apprehension about a possible terrorist attack in India during the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections from the Pakistan territory”. “It has been Pakistan’s consistent position that countering terrorism requires pragmatic cooperation,” the statement said.
Prime Minister Singh had yesterday said the Taliban were a “serious threat” and terrorists were trying to interfere with the election process.
He also said the dialogue process with Pakistan would not resume till Islamabad showed sincerity in prosecuting the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks.
The Foreign Office had earlier issued a strongly worded statement that described Prime Minister Singh’s comments linking the resumption of the composite dialogue to the prosecution of the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks as an attempt to win votes by creating and cashing in “on anti-Pakistan frenzy”.
That statement too referred to Singh’s comments about terrorists interfering in India’s upcoming general election and said “such remarks reveal proclivity in India to win votes by creating, encouraging and encashing on anti-Pakistan frenzy”.