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(2009-01-14) Responding to a question regarding spate of statements emanating from responsible Indian leaders and high officials both from the political and military establishments regarding severance of trade, transport and tourist links and keeping open the military option, the Foreign Office Spokesman said that these statements are most unfortunate.

Pakistancontinues to make every effort to defuse tensions in South Asia and has repeatedly stated that it is prepared to extend its cooperation to the Indian government concerning the Mumbai incident. Only yesterday, the Prime Minister of Pakistan had informed the National Assembly that the information received from India had been given to the Ministry of Interior for inquiry, in accordance with the law, and that the results will be shared with the Indian government.

The Foreign Office Spokesman regretted that instead of responding to the constructive proposals made by the government of Pakistan concerning the Mumbai incident and Pakistan’s offer of serious, substantive and pragmatic cooperation to counter terrorism in the region, India continues to ratchet up tensions, which is certainly not helpful to the cause of peace, security and stability of the region and in the overall efforts in countering terrorism.

The Foreign Office Spokesman added that instead of orchestrating a diplomatic and political campaign against Pakistan, it would be better for the two countries to work together to overcome the common challenges facing the region. Indulging in blame game is counterproductive.

14 January 2009

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