Disppointed over terror remarks, Pak tells France, Germany

Pakistan on Monday conveyed its "disappointment" to France and Germany over remarks by their leaders linking it to terrorism directed against India, saying such comments were "unjustified and uncalled for".

Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010, 23:22 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday conveyed its
"disappointment" to France and Germany over remarks by their
leaders linking it to terrorism directed against India, saying
such comments were "unjustified and uncalled for".

The Foreign Ministry conveyed the "government and the
people of Pakistan`s disappointment separately to the
Ambassador of France and the German Charge d`Affaires,"
Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said in a statement.

He said Pakistan was "surprised and disappointed" at
the reported remarks made by President Nicolas Sarkozy and
Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"Both France and Germany were well aware of the great
sacrifices being rendered by Pakistan in the ongoing fight
against terrorism.

"Therefore, incriminating Pakistan in the context of
terrorism was unjustified and uncalled for," Basit said.

During a visit to Mumbai last week, French President
Sarkozy condemned Pakistan for allowing militants to take
refuge in its tribal border areas as he paid tribute to
victims of the 2008 terrorist attacks on India`s financial
hub.

He said it was "unacceptable" that terrorist networks
could find refuge in Pakistan and use it as a springboard to
attack India and French troops in Afghanistan or other
countries.

On Saturday, Chancellor Merkel made it clear to
Pakistan that terrorism is not a means to solve political
problems.

"We want to do whatever we can to make it clear to
Pakistan that terror cannot be a means to an end in solving a
political problem.

"We will make it clear to Pakistan that terror is
unacceptable," she said during a joint news conference with
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Berlin.

In his statement, Basit said "Pakistan enjoyed
excellent relations with both France and Germany" and
bilateral cooperation in all areas had "lately been on the
increase".

Responding to the demarche given by the Foreign
Office, the German Charge d`Affaires said Chancellor Merkel`s
remarks "had been misquoted".

Merkel had "outlined general principles of Germany`s
counterterrorism policy" and her remarks "were not
Pakistan-specific," the Charge d`Affaires was quoted as
saying.

PTI