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'India not passionate about peace'

Musharraf and I have a passion for peace, which is not the case with India, Pakistan PM Shaukat Aziz says.
None | By New Delhi, Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JUL 29, 2006 11:59 AM IST

India is not passionate about making peace with Pakistan, Pakistan's Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Friday, days before officials of the two countries are due to hold peace talks.

Aziz's comments were made in an interview to an Indian weekly magazine.

"I believe you must have a passion for peace," a statement from the magazine quoted Aziz as saying.

"We in Pakistan, President Musharraf and I, have a passion for peace. I have yet to see this passion on the part of India," Aziz said.

A slow-moving peace process between the nuclear-armed neighbours suffered a severe blow after Indian investigators pointed fingers at a Pakistan-based terrorist group and Pakistan's military spy agency for the train blasts in Mumbai on July 11.

India, under pressure from mounting public anger, called of the talks between foreign secretaries of the two countries scheduled this month in New Delhi to review their peace process.

But the two officials and their ministers are due to meet on the sidelines of a South Asian conference in Bangladesh next week and hold informal negotiations.

Aziz has dismissed charges of Lashkar-e-Taiba's involvement in the Mumbai train blasts.

"We don't see any evidence of their activity," the magazine statement quoted him as saying. "We have done a lot to transform some of these people."

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