Pak PM condemns Pune blast; wants better ties with India

Last Updated: Sunday, February 14, 2010 - 17:26

Islamabad: Pakistan Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani on Sunday condemned the bomb blast in Pune, saying Pakistan was against terrorism in all its manifestation and maintained that his country wants better relations and a "meaningful dialogue" with India.

"We condemn the blast in the Indian city of Pune. We condemn terrorism in all its manifestations," Gilani told reporters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.

"We want to be freed of terrorism and this menace," he
said.

The bomb blast in Pune came a day after Pakistan agreed to take up India`s offer of Foreign Secretary-level talks. Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan are scheduled to meet in New Delhi on February 25.

Replying to a question about the talks, Gilani said, "Pakistan wants better relations and a meaningful dialogue with India."

India had suspended the composite dialogue in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks which New Delhi has blamed on Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba.

Gilani said he would take PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif into confidence on the issue of talks.

Asked whether the talks would be successful, Gilani said: "Lets begin the dialogue process first."

In reply to another question about the impact of the operation by US-led forces in Afghanistan`s Helmand province, he said that Pakistan had made it clear to the world community that this offensive would have an impact on the country.

Analysts believe that militants fleeing from
Afghanistan might sneak into Pakistan`s tribal areas to take
shelter there.

PTI




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