Pak hopes diplomat`s arrest won`t overshadow PMs` likely meet

Pakistan expressed hope that the issue of an Indian woman diplomat being arrested on charges of spying for ISI would not overshadow the expected meeting between PM Manmohan Singh and his counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Updated: Apr 27, 2010, 23:07 PM IST

Thimphu: Pakistan tonight expressed hope
that the issue of an Indian woman diplomat being arrested on
charges of spying for ISI would not overshadow the expected
meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his
counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani here.

"My information is as good as yours because it is based
on media reports... You have shared nothing with us," Pakistan
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said here when asked to
comment on the arrest of Madhuri Gupta, Second Secretary in
the Indian High Commission in Pakistan, on charges of spying.
He said he could not comment as she was an Indian
national and an Indian diplomat.

When asked to comment on the issue, Pakistan Foreign
Secretary Salman Bashir said, "I have just heard about it. I
have no clue about it."

Queried whether the issue could overshadow the meeting
expected between Singh and Gilani here on the margins of the
SAARC Summit, a cautious Bashir said, "as of now, nothing is
scheduled. (But) I hope that if interaction takes place
(between the Prime Ministers), nothing is going to overshadow
that."

-PTI