Musharraf wants proof from India to curb terror
Pakistan on Wednesday promised to act against terrorist groups on its soil if India provided proof of their involvement in the horrific bomb blasts in New Delhi that killed 59 people. Have you seen the bomber?india Updated: Nov 07, 2005 11:31 IST
Pakistan on Wednesday promised to act against terrorist groups on its soil if India provided proof of their involvement in the horrific bomb blasts in New Delhi that killed 59 people.
Foreign office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said President Pervez Musharraf had told Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that if there was evidence linking "criminal elements" from Pakistan to the October 29 explosions, Islamabad would take action, Online news agency reported.
Musharraf on Monday condemned the bombings and said Pakistan would fully cooperate in any investigation into the attacks.
Musharraf's offer came after Manmohan Singh bluntly reminded him in a telephonic conversation of Pakistan's commitment to end its support for terrorist activities directed against India.
Indian authorities have blamed the Pakistan-backed Lashkar-e-Taiba for the terror bombings, for which an obscure group in Jammu and Kashmir has claimed responsibility. Pakistani officials have denied any links with the blasts.
Aslam said five points along the Line of Control (LoC) would open on November 7 to facilitate relief effort for victims of the devastating October 8 earthquake and to allow families from both parts of Kashmir to meet.
The tragedy killed over 50,000 people and has left millions homeless in Pakistani Kashmir. About 1,400 people died in Jammu and Kashmir.
The spokesperson said the people could use permits given to them for the Muzaffarabad-Srinagar bus service as proof of identity to cross the border.
KASURI CALLS NATWAR
Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid M Kasuri spoke to External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh and conveyed his condolences for the blasts, which claimed 59 lives.
Kasuri's call comes close on the heels of President Pervez Musharraf speaking to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to offer his condolences.
Singh also received calls from British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and his counterparts from South Africa, Senegal and Canada.
First Published: Nov 02, 2005 19:18 IST