Indian statements most unfortunate: Pakistan

January 15th, 2009 - 1:53 am ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Jan 15 (IANS) Pakistan Wednesday termed as “most unfortunate” Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s statement threatening severance of trade and transport links with Islamabad if it failed to nab the perpetrators of the Mumbai terrorist attacks.Responding to a question, the Foreign Office spokesman said: “Statements emanating from responsible Indian leaders and high officials both from the political and military establishments are most unfortunate.”

In a statement issued late Wednesday night, the foreign office said Pakistan continues to make every effort to defuse tensions in South Asia and has repeatedly stated it is prepared to extend its cooperation to the Indian government in probing the Mumbai attacks.

“Only yesterday (Tuesday), the prime ninister of Pakistan (Yousuf Raza Gilani) 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,” it said.

The spokesman regretted that instead of responding to the constructive proposals made by the Pakistan government its offer of serious, substantive and pragmatic cooperation to counter terrorism in the region, India continues to ratchet up tensions.

He 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.

In an interview with the London-based Times newspaper, Chidambaram said had said India could consider options, including severing all ties with Pakistan if it continued in the denial mode over the role of Pakistani elements in the Nov 26 attacks.

Indian Army chief Gen. Deepak Kapoor Wednesday said all options were open following Pakistan’s refusal to act against those who ordered the terror attacks.

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