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Qureshi's rhetoric: Talk invitation came after attack threats

A day after claiming that it was India which had backtracked from the dialogue table, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was at it again. Addressing another gathering, he lashed out at India.

world Updated: Feb 09, 2010 11:23 IST

A day after claiming that it was India which had backtracked from the dialogue table, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was at it again.

Addressing a gathering in Multan on Monday, he repeated his rhetoric saying that a year after India threatened to attack Pakistan after 26/11 it was offering to restart the 'composite dialogue'.

Addressing a gathering in Multan on Monday Qureshi said, "They were preparing for an attack on Pakistan. Today, after one year, those who were making threats about attacking Pakistan following the Mumbai incident, those same forces are sending Pakistan an invitation for talks."

“This turnaround had occurred due to national solidarity and a pledge to keep moving forward with the same spirit for development of Pakistan,” he added.

His latest comments came after a claim that Pakistan had forced India to talk and not the other way around.

“Pakistan hasn’t knelt... It didn’t kneel. Pakistan held its ground,” Qureshi had said on Sunday.

The foreign secretaries of the two countries are expected to meet later this month as a part of a new confidence building measure.

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