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Probe before pointing finger: Pak to India

Pakistan dismisses India's accusations that it had a role in the Hyderabad blasts.

world Updated: Aug 28, 2007 13:00 IST

Pakistan has denied New Delhi's accusations of Islamabad's hands in the recent blasts in Hyderabad and cautioned India against finger-pointing without investigating the terror attacks.

"These are terrorist attacks and we condemn them. We are ourselves victim of terrorism and remain committed to fight terrorism. It is always better to investigate rather than to speculate," the media reported on Tuesday, quoting Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam as saying here.

Commenting on the fate of anti-terror mechanism between Pakistan and India, which was to be discussed every three months, Aslam said no schedule for the bilateral meeting had been finalised yet. "Once Pakistan's new Additional Secretary is in place, then perhaps he or his Indian counterpart can get in touch and mutually decide the meeting dates," she said.

Reacting to the Commerce Minister Kamal Nath's statement that New Delhi was awaiting Pakistan's response on the proposals made on trade across the Line of Control, Aslam said the talks between the two sides on Kashmir were moving in the right direction.

"I think there have been some discussions and we believe that we are moving in the right direction for opening up the LoC for trade for Kashmiris on both sides as well as the truck service," she was quoted as saying.

On the prospects of a resolution on the Siachen issue, the spokesperson said Pakistan wanted an early solution to the dispute but this clearly needed political will.

"This is a long-standing dispute and now it is also causing environmental concerns. We believe that we have made proposals for a possible solution. Both sides are discussing them, which shows that they (Indians) are interested. But political will is needed (to resolve the issue)," she said.

First Published: Aug 28, 2007 10:35 IST