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No offence was meant, Pakistan told

Angry neighbour wants proof of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's remark that more terror attacks were likely against India. Pakistan's Foreign Minister said Islamabad wanted "an exchange of credible information."

india Updated: Aug 19, 2009 01:54 IST
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A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Pakistan based terrorists were planning attacks against India, New Delhi rushed to soothe its neighbour’s ruffled feathers.

“We can’t take any such statement lightly. Pakistan wants peaceful and friendly relation with all its neighbors and that is why it wants that misunderstandings should be clarified,” said Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pakistan’s foreign minister, on Tuesday morning.

Qureshi said Pakistan wanted "an exchange of credible information." He asked India to provide the information “on which this allegation is based,” pointing out that the two countries had decided at the Sharm El Shiekh summit to cooperate in information-sharing about terrorism.

The response came within hours from Minister of State for External Relations Shashi Tharoor who said in New Delhi, “What the prime minister has said is that some terror organisations appear to pose a threat to us. A very real and credible threat.” He added, “We hope the Pakistan government will do everything on their part to prevent any fresh attack on India emerging from its soil.”

Tharoor insisted this did not contradict the spirit of the Sharm El Sheikh statement, saying “the Prime Minister at no point attacked the government of Pakistan”.