Pakistan was keen to mend fences with India, and its government would certainly act if India provided evidence to it on allegations that elements based from its soil uploaded inflammatory content on the Internet, Pakistan’s Member of the National Assembly, Khurram Dastgir Khan, said on Friday.

“I think the evidence is yet to be seen, and I don’t think even the Indian media has seen it. If evidence is given to the Pakistan government, it will respond,” he said.

He was responding to queries from journalists on Home Secretary R. K. Singh’s allegations that the Home Ministry had identified more than 100 websites on which false and morphed images were posted from Pakistan to incite communal tension in India.

Mr. Khan was speaking at the end of the 4th round of dialogue between Indian and Pakistani Parliamentarians here.

Mr. Khan said that notwithstanding the issue if the hate mails originated from Pakistan, the “very fact is that we [the Pakistan Parliamentary delegation] are here to create a good atmosphere.” He termed the monitoring of the Internet by the two governments a “technical challenge.”

Asked regarding Hindus from Pakistan crossing to India, he said that as far as his knowledge was concerned, no Pakistani Hindu had so far applied for political asylum in India.

The Pakistan government was dealing with it and the Supreme Court had also taken note of it.

He steered clear of questions on the possibility of release of Sarabjit Singh, who is on death row in Pakistan, saying all these issues could be dealt with only by officials in Islamabad.

Asked if terrorism was discussed, MPs from both countries said they weren’t trying to brush anything under the carpet, but focussing on building a relationship based on the plus points.


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