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India denies receiving dossier, Pakistan evasive

India denies receiving dossier, Pakistan evasive
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First Published: Fri, Jul 24 2009. 12 01 AM IST

Strong words: Minister of state for external affairs Shashi Tharoor described the charges as ‘preposterous’. Harikrishna Katragadda / Mint
Strong words: Minister of state for external affairs Shashi Tharoor described the charges as ‘preposterous’. Harikrishna Katragadda / Mint
Updated: Fri, Jul 24 2009. 12 01 AM IST
New Delhi / Islamabad: India on Thursday denied having received any dossier from Pakistan about its alleged involvement in terrorist acts in that country, including one on the Sri Lankan cricket team, even as Pakistan remained evasive a day after media reports in Islamabad claimed that a dossier was given to New Delhi on the issue.
Strong words: Minister of state for external affairs Shashi Tharoor described the charges as ‘preposterous’. Harikrishna Katragadda / Mint
“No such dossier was given in Egypt... It is entirely wrong,” minister of state for external affairs Preneet Kaur said in New Delhi.
‘Dawn’ on Wednesday claimed that Islamabad had handed over to New Delhi a dossier containing “comprehensive evidence” of Indian involvement in several terrorist acts on its soil.
Minister of state for external affairs Shashi Tharoor described the charges of India’s involvement in terrorist acts as “preposterous” and said “it is not wise for us to react to media reports”. “But we don’t believe that deflecting responsibilities for things that are happening in (Pakistan) to their neighbours who have conducted themselves very differently is a very healthy practice,” he said.
In Islamabad, foreign office spokesman Abdul Basit did not confirm or deny the media reports saying the issue involved intelligence matters which cannot be discussed in public.
Basit evaded several pointed questions on the matter, saying only that Pakistan’s position was amply reflected by the joint statement.
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who is in Phuket attending an international meeting, said that if there are any unwanted problems being created in Balochistan, Pakistan has “tabled” them in the spirit of solving them.
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First Published: Fri, Jul 24 2009. 12 01 AM IST