Mukerjee says India did not escalate tensions

December 30th, 2008 - 8:03 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Dec.30 (ANI): Responding to Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’’s statement of the need for deescalating tensions between India and Pakistan, External Minister Pranab Mukherjee said war hysteria is being created by Pakistan itself.
My point is we did not escalate the thing at all, we have not done anything which can escalate the tension between India and Pakistan, Mukherjee said at a press conference here today.
This is not an India-Pakistan issue, this is an attack perpetrated by elements emanating from the land of Pakistan and the Pakistan Government should take action against it. We have not escalated any tension. So, where is the question of our de-escalation? he added.
Raising the issue of conducting a probe of the Mumbai terror attacks, Mukherjee reiterated that India has provided enough evidence to Pakistan for it to act.
We have been repeatedly saying that we will give you evidences as earlier we have been giving you, but please act on it, Mukherjee said.
Relations between India and Pakistan have deteriorated sharply after India blamed Islamist militants based in Pakistan for last month’’s attacks in Mumbai that killed 179 people. (ANI)

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