Indias attitude undiplomatic after Mumbai terror strikes: Fazlur

December 1st, 2008 - 1:54 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore, Dec 1 (ANI): Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the chief of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam, has termed Indias attitude as undiplomatic after the Mumbai terror strikes that killed 195 people.

He said New Delhi had no right to talk of summoning any official of any Pakistani agency (for clarification on the Mumbai tragedy) and its attitude was against diplomatic norms.

It is a prerogative of Pakistan to decide at which level to cooperate with India in the probe on the Mumbai incident, Dawn quoted Rehman, as saying.

Rehman said the nation would not take any decision under Indian pressure as Pakistan has repeatedly tried to satisfy its South Asian neighbour with regard to allegations of terrorists having any links with Karachi.

He said that at a time when both countries were signing agreements for opening more trade routes and Islamabad was trying to improve its relations with New Delhi through diplomatic channels, the former could not sponsor any incident that might adversely affect this atmosphere.

Answering a question about the ongoing army operation in tribal areas when situation on the countrys eastern borders is likely to deteriorate, Rehman said his party has been demanding for a long time that the armed forces should be withdrawn from FATA and the operation must be ended.

Referring to the warning given to the US and NATO that Islamabad could withdraw its troops from FATA in case New Delhi deployed its forces along the borders, he said the authorities had thus admitted that the war being fought in the tribal areas was not Pakistans own war.

Asked if the Mumbai incident could have negative implications for the struggle of Kashmiris, he said their movement had matured to a level where such unpleasant occurrences could not affect it. (ANI)

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