Pakistan denies ISI’s role in Kabul bombing

October 14th, 2008 - 7:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Oct 14 (IANS) India Tuesday again conveyed its concerns on cross-border terrorism and ceasefire violations even as Pakistan denied any role of its spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in the July 7 bombings of the Indian embassy in Kabul.”No. No. No. Incorrect,” Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Mahmud Ali Durrani said when asked to comment on reports alleging that the ISI masterminded the Kabul blasts.

“I had a very good meeting with the Foreign Minister (Pranab Mukherjee)… things are going okay,” he said.

He was talking to reporters after meeting External Affairs Minister Mukherjee.

The Kabul bombings will be discussed in detail at the meeting of the joint anti-terror mechanism later this month.

Durrani later called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who stressed on the need for an atmosphere free from violence for the success of the dialogue between the two countries.

He also reminded Durrani of Pakistan’s January 2004 pledge not to allow Pakistan’s territory to be used for terror activities against India. The prime minister also expressed concern over a sharp spike in cross-border infiltration and ceasefire violations, an official source said.

India Monday brought up the issue of the alleged complicity of the ISI in the Kabul bombings and an increase in ceasefire violations when National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan held delegation-level talks with Durrani.

The two sides also discussed the Kashmir issue and the dispute over the Sir Creek marshlands over which they are said to be inching closer to a settlement.

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