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Pakistan blocking peace process, says India

New Delhi on Thursday expressed regret that Islamabad had attached ?impractical, extraneous and delaying? conditions in its reaction to India?s 12-point peace proposals. But it welcomed Pakistan?s positive response to some of the proposals, while reiterating its commitment to the peace process. But the sense of disappointment was more pronounced. ?We are disappointed that Pakistan has in effect not agreed to our proposals for running extra buses on the Delhi-Lahore route...,? the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2003 02:07 IST

New Delhi on Thursday expressed regret that Islamabad had attached “impractical, extraneous and delaying” conditions in its reaction to India’s 12-point peace proposals. But it welcomed Pakistan’s positive response to some of the proposals, while reiterating its commitment to the peace process.

But the sense of disappointment was more pronounced. “We are disappointed that Pakistan has in effect not agreed to our proposals for running extra buses on the Delhi-Lahore route and establishing links between Mumbai and Karachi, Khokrapar and Munabao and Srinagar and Muzaffarabad,” the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said.

In a clear response to Pakistan’s proposal for helping rape victims, widows and the disabled in Jammu and Kashmir, New Delhi asked Pakistan to stop aiding infiltration and dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism. “It should offer compensation to those affected by the terrorism it has sponsored," the spokesperson said.

New Delhi also criticised Islamabad for announcing scholarships for Kashmiri students. "We believe that the process of building trust and cooperation between India and Pakistan, and establishing lasting peace would be facilitated if offers are not targetted at any particular region of India,” the spokesperson said.

Another Pakistani proposal was shot down. India rebuffed Pakistan’s demand for increasing mission staff levels to full strength, saying a "calibrated" increase tied to growing consular requirements was more appropriate.

New Delhi hoped that Pakistan would have an open mind on resuming air links, and said the resumption of the Samjhauta Express service could follow a breakthrough in talks scheduled for December 1 and 2.

Noting Pakistan's proposal for establishing a bus service between Lahore and Amritsar, it said progress on the proposal would be possible only after some headway was made on other issues related to air, rail and road links.

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