Mumbai attacks: Pakistan’s ‘blank cheque’ to China on dealing with India

January 22nd, 2009 - 9:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Jan 22 (IANS) Cornered by the world community on its response to the Mumbai terror attacks, Pakistan has given all-weather friend China a “blank cheque” to negotiate on its behalf with India in the aftermath of the carnage.”Go to Delhi, you have a blank cheque from us,” Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Wednesday recalled telling visiting Chinese special envoy He Yafei in December to deal with the tensions generated by the Mumbai attacks.

Qureshi was speaking at a reception at the Chinese embassy here.

He had subsequently travelled to New Delhi Jan 5 where his Indian hosts had politely turned down China’s offer of its good offices to restore normalcy on the sub-continent.

Qureshi also recalled telling He that Pakistan would endorse “whatever” stance China took with India.

Following He’s visit, Pakistan asked India to defusing tensions by relocating troops to peacetime locations and to deactivate its forward air bases.

India trashed both suggestions, saying that neither had any troops been moved forward nor had any frontline air bases been activated.

India has blamed the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba terror attacks for the Nov 26-29 Mumbai that claimed the lives of over 170 people, including 26 foreigners, and injured over 300. Earlier this month, India provided Pakistan with a dossier with evidence of the involvement of elements from this country in the Mumbai attacks.

Pakistan has also admitted that Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist captured during the Mumbai mayhem is a citizen of this country.

Qureshi, at the reception, also lauded Pakistan-China bilateral relations that he said had “withstood regional and global changes”.

“We have complete trust, mutual understanding and convergence of views on bilateral, regional and international issues,” the minister added.

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