Saturday, November 29, 2008

`Friendship With India Crucial' Says Pak Foreign Minister

Freindship with India is crucial for the subcontinent is the decision of the Pakistan cabinet and Pakistan will cooperate with investigations but national interest will not be compromised, according to Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Querishi.

"We are not defensive about this. We condemn this act of terror and a blame game will only help the common enemy - the terrorist. Terrorism is terrorism. We do not call it right nor do we discriminate on this between organisations. We will take action if there is any concrete proof. The premier investigation agency will cooperate. We have nothing to hide."

"We have been reaching out to India at all levels and been in constant contact. Just before this incident I was on Indian soil and our exchange of views include terrorism was constructive and fruitful."

"I stayed back even after the incident and continued to be engaged with the Indian leadership and the media there."

"The Indians have not requested for immediate ISI visit. They have asked for as and when required. We will consider that.
We are a responsible nation and will stand united. There are shades of political differences but we are one when it comes to national integrity."

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