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India not behind attack on envoy: Pak

Pakistan says it never accused India of targeting its envoy to Sri Lanka Bashir Mohamund, reports PK Balachandran.

india Updated: Nov 04, 2006 21:45 IST

The new Pakistani High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Air Vice Marshal Shazad Chaudhry said on Wednesday, that his government never accused India of engineering the attempt on the life of his predecessor, Brig Bashir Wali Mohamund, on August 14 this year.

"The Government of Pakistan never made such a statement. I do not know why local media gave huge publicity to it," Daily Mirror quotes Chaudhry as saying.

He was referring to Bashir Wali Mohamand's allegation in a local magazine interview that the Indian agency RAW was behind the bomb attack on him.

A claymore mine planted in a parked three-wheeler had exploded killing some security personnel while the envoy's car was passing through a crowded street in central Colombo.

The envoy himself escaped unhurt.

High Commissioner Shazad Chaudhry said that Pakistan would leave it to the Sri Lankan agencies to investigate the attack.

"It is not right for us to get involved in the investigations," he said.

LTTE suspected

The LTTE had also been a suspect, since it was said to be angry with Pakistan for supplying arms to Sri Lanka and allegedly supporting "Jihad" a Muslim militant outfit in Tamil-speaking Eastern Sri Lanka.

The Chennai-based Indian intelligence analyst B Raman had written articles supporting the theory that the LTTE had done the deed.

These had got wide publicity in Sri Lanka.

Raman had said that the Pakistanis were advising Sri Lankan Air Force pilots and were giving them training in the use of bunker-buster bombs to kill the LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran.

The PAF, Raman said, had acquired expertise in the use of such bombs in its campaign against tribal insurgents in Pakistan's North West.

Pak arms supplies to Sri Lanka

Asked whether Pakistan was supplying arms to Sri Lanka, High Commissioner Chaudhry said that Pakistan was not an expert on weapons and that its indigenous capabilities were "only basic."

There was a "military relationship" between the two countries, which predated the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka and involved training, he said.

But this was different from "military support," he argued.

Be that as it may, Pakistan could supply weapons to Sri Lanka.

"If Sri Lanka needs weapons, Pakistan will be one of the respondents. There are many others too," High Commissioner Chaudhry said.

First Published: Nov 03, 2006 00:00 IST