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Proof of India's role in Balochistan at 'suitable time': Gilani

The evidence regarding Indian involvement in Balochistan will be presented at "a suitable time", Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said today adding that "the country's nuclear assets are safe".

world Updated: Nov 15, 2009 15:45 IST

The evidence regarding Indian involvement in Balochistan will be presented at "a suitable time", Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Sunday adding that "the country's nuclear assets are safe".

Speaking to reporters in Multan, Gilani said the issue had been taken up during his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh and was made part of the joint statement.

Gilani said: "The evidence will be presented at a suitable time."

Interior Minister Rehman Malik had said in October that India was responsible for the rising wave of terrorism in Balochistan province.

Gilani said Pakistan wanted good relations with all its neighbours and desired the resumption of the composite dialogue process with India, adding that dialogue was the only way forward.

He said no military operation is currently underway in Balochistan and that the ongoing operation in Southern Waziristan will soon end.

Pakistan has been hit by a wave of terror attacks that have killed over 250 people. One of the worst attacks took place Oct 28 when a massive bomb killed over 115 people in a crowded market of Peshawar.

The Pakistani Army is battling the Taliban in the rugged terrain of South Waziristan. The Taliban has vowed to retaliate against the US drone strikes, one of which killed its chief Baitullah Mehsud in early August.

Gilani said there was no threat to the country's nuclear assets which were completely safe and secure.

"Pakistan will not compromise on its nuclear programme and the country's nuclear assets are safe under the NCCA (Nuclear Command and Control Authority)," Geo News quoted him as saying.

The prime minister said the country had the will to fight the war against terrorism, but the international community's help would be vital in enhancing the country's ability to win the war.

He said Pakistan only lacked state-of-the-art equipment to fight terror and the international community had been asked to help the country build its anti-terror capacity.

The prime minister said the government's timely decision had resulted in successful operations in Swat and South Waziristan.

Criticising US drone attacks, Gilani said the strikes were counterproductive.

He said: "While we are trying to separate militants from tribesmen, drone attacks are doing exactly the opposite."

Gilani said the US should transfer the drone technology to Pakistan.