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Linking ISI to Mumbai attacks `baseless propaganda`: Pak

Pakistan has dismissed as "baseless propaganda and assumptions" India`s charge that the ISI was behind the Mumbai attacks.

Updated: Jul 15, 2010, 20:56 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan has dismissed as
"baseless propaganda and assumptions" India`s charge that the
ISI was behind the Mumbai attacks.

"When the two Foreign Ministers are meeting, such
allegations should not be made," Information Minister
Qamar Zaman Kaira said last night during an interaction
with a group of Indian journalists.
Kaira said Pakistan is the biggest victim of terrorism
in the region and would not back terrorist incidents against
its neighbours.

"How can a Pakistani organisation or the government or
any state-actor think of this?" he said, adding that the
Indian allegations are "baseless propaganda and assumptions".

He was referring to remarks attributed to Home
Secretary G K Pillai that ISI had a "much more significant"
role to play in the 26/11 plot than earlier thought.

Asked about the need for actions against the
perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks, he said the Pakistani
courts would decided this issue.

He said the Indian and Pakistani courts are free and
the matters of different individuals and organisations are
before the Pakistani courts.
"Can the Indian government dictate to courts to pass a
judgement? The (Pakistani) courts are deciding these issues
and we have asked the Indian government for more concrete
evidence. The courts are independent and we can`t direct or
overpower them," he said.

Asked about recent provocative speeches by
Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahidden`s Syed
Salahuddin, Kaira said the Pakistan government is willing
to present their case in court but the Indian authorities will
have to provide more evidence.

He said there is a realisation on both sides that
there is a need to move forward, and that the ice has been
broken after the recent meetings between the Prime Ministers
of the two countries and later their Foreign Secretaries.

He said both the countries have to take along public
opinion to make historic decisions.

"We can`t live with each other, we can`t leave each
other," he said summing up the relations between the two
nations.

PTI