Indian accusation over Kabul attack ’shocking’, says Gilani

August 3rd, 2008 - 11:38 am ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

Colombo, Aug 3 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has described as “shocking” Indian accusations that Islamabad was to blame for the horrific suicide bombing at the Indian mission in Kabul. Gilani told Sri Lanka’s Sunday Leader in an interview that Pakistan had quickly condemned the July 7 attack at the mission that killed about 50 people including two Indian diplomats.

“First of all, it may be recalled that we have condemned this incident in the strongest terms,” the prime minister said. “Against this background, the Indian statement is not only surprising but shocking too.

“There were also bombing incidents in Pakistan subsequently, but we have not pointed fingers at anyone as we believe in carrying out investigations before laying responsibility.

“It is important that the blame game is avoided as both countries have an institutionalised counter terrorism mechanism which is working satisfactorily,” he said.

Gilani’s comments were published Sunday, a day after he told Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that he would investigate New Delhi’s accusations that the Pakistani intelligence was involved in the Kabul bombing.

Gilani also told Manmohan Singh that he would discuss the Kabul incident with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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