Nirupama Subramanian

It will remain an allegation unless we see evidence for ourselves: Tasnim Aslam

  • Foreign Secretary-level talks likely after Eid
  • No comment on Geelani remark

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday said it did not mind India sharing theevidence of alleged cross-border involvement in the Mumbai blasts with other countries. But for Islamabad, it would remain an allegation unless it saw the evidence for itself, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said at a briefing here.

    The Ministry said it had not yet received any evidence from India of the Mumbai police allegation that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence was involved in the July 11 train blasts.

    India last week said it would share the evidence from the Mumbai investigation with the European Union during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit. The United States said it had already seen the evidence.

    Poser to BJP

    Ms. Aslam came out strongly against the Bharatiya Janata Party for advocating harsh action against Pakistan for its alleged role in the blasts.

    Asked to respond to the BJP remarks in recent days, Ms. Aslam asked whether the party was able to do that when it was in power during the 2002 crisis.

    "When BJP was in power it was alleging even then that there were so called terrorist training camps. It was again (during) the BJP (tenure) we had one million soldiers deployed on our borders. Did they think of pre-emptive strikes? Did they think it was possible?"

    The spokeswoman reiterated that Foreign Secretary-level talks were likely to be held after Eid. The two officials were in touch and had discussed dates but nothing was final yet. The meeting, scheduled to be held in New Delhi, will review the third round of the composite dialogue, and is also expected to determine the calendar for the fourth round.

    Ms. Aslam refused to comment on the remark by hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani that the India-Pakistan peace process would hurt the "freedom struggle" in Jammu and Kashmir. "We do not comment on views of individual leaders. What we hope to achieve through this peace process is a solution to the Kashmir dispute acceptable to Pakistan, India and Kashmiris," she said.