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NE exodus: `India will provide proof to Pak soon`

India asserts elements in Pakistan used social media to whip up panic that led to the exodus of Indians from North East.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday said that the government would soon provide Islamabad with evidence of the involvement of Pakistan-based groups in whipping up panic that led to the exodus of Indians from North East in the country.

"India will give proof to Pakistan very soon on the involvement of Pakistani websites," Shinde said.

On Sunday, Islamabad assured New Delhi that it will "look into" its assertion that elements in Pakistan used social media to create panic, but demanded that India first provide evidence for it.

"The Indian minister has said that rumours were generated from Pakistan through cellular services," Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters in Islamabad while referring to his phone conversation with Shinde on Sunday.

"I had requested him (Shinde) to provide evidence in this regard to us and we will take care of it," Malik added.

In his telephonic conversation with Malik, Shinde had conveyed that elements based in Pakistan used social networking websites to circulate false pictures and stories so as to whip up communal sentiments in India.

Thousands of people from the North East fled the southern Indian cities of Bangalore and Chennai after hate messages were spread through mobile phones and on Facebook in the past two days, threatening retaliation for the ethnic violence in the northeastern state of Assam last month.

Home Secretary RK Singh on Saturday said the bulk of rumours of imminent attacks on northeastern people for the killings of Muslims in Assam originated in Pakistan.

In New Delhi, sources in the Pakistan high commission vehemently rejected the charges and contended that such remarks only widened the trust deficit between the two countries, specially ahead of talks between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in Islamabad next month.

(With IANS inputs)

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