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Pak rejects allegation linking ISI to blast

Pakistan Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar says it is unfair for India to blame Pakistan without any solid evidence.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, Islamabad
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2008 02:39 PM IST

Pakistan has rejected India's allegation about the involvement of its Inter-Services Intelligence agency in the recent suicide attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul.

"It was unfair for India to blame Pakistan without any solid evidence," Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar said. However, such baseless allegations would not affect Pakistan-India relations, he added.

India's National Security Advisor K Narayanan last week said there was "pretty good evidence" about the ISI's involvement in the suicide bombing that killed 58 people and injured hundreds. Two Indian diplomats and two paramilitary personnel were among the dead.

Narayanan also said the "ISI needs to be destroyed".

Mukhtar, while talking to journalists in Islamabad on Sunday, said the attack on the Indian embassy in the Afghan capital was a bid to destabilise Indo-Pakistan relations. He said it was "not sagacious" to level allegations without any proof, especially when efforts are being made to improve bilateral ties.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Sherry Rehman too denied the Indian official's allegation.

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