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Benazir Bhutto's India visit to sabotage SAARC summit: Pak

Pakistan's Information Minister has said Benazir's trip to India is aimed at "damaging" SAARC Summit.

india Updated: Dec 14, 2003 12:00 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Taking strong exception to former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's current visit to New Delhi, Pakistan has said the trip in the midst of normalisation process between the two countries was aimed at "damaging" next month's SAARC Summit.

"Benazir never wanted normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan and to achieve this goal she is visiting India especially at this juncture," Pakistan Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said while commenting on her current visit to New Delhi.

Bhutto visited Delhi to participate in a two-day conference 'Peace dividend-progress for India and South Asia' organised by the Hindustan Times as part of HT Leadership Initiative.

"Participation of Benazir in the seminar, which is a blow to integrity and solidarity of Pakistan, clearly speaks volumes of her negative approach towards the country," he said.

Rashid said Bhutto was "well known for having lust for power and is once again bidding to put the country's honour and dignity at stake for her own petty interest" and she had "deliberately chosen such a time to visit India when both the countries are in the process of improving relationship".

First Published: Dec 14, 2003 00:00 IST