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Don't use Iraq as a case against Pak: US to India

America has said India must not use US-led pre-emptive war against Iraq as a pretext for attacking Pak.

world Updated: Apr 06, 2003 01:56 IST

The Bush administration has said that India must not use the US-led pre-emptive war against Iraq as a pretext for an attack on Pakistan.

"Any attempts to draw parallels between the Iraq and Kashmir situations are wrong and are overwhelmed by the differences between them," State Department spokeswoman Joanne Prokopowicz said on Friday.

She was responding to a comment by External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha on Friday that India would be justified in taking pre-emptive action across the Pakistan border.

Citing Iraq's 12-year refusal to disarm in the face of UN Security Council resolutions, Prokopowicz said the circumstances that made military actions necessary in Iraq do not apply in the subcontinent and should not be considered a precedent.

"The US recognizes the very serious nature of the situation in Kashmir," she said. "Our joint statement last week with the United Kingdom made clear our repugnance of the killings of innocents that have been taking place in Kashmir with alarming frequency.

First Published: Apr 05, 2003 10:05 IST