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Pak charges against India on Balochistan false: Manmohan

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after a press conference in Mumbai on Sunday. Photo: Vivek Bendre

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after a press conference in Mumbai on Sunday. Photo: Vivek Bendre   | Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre

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"We are not in the business of spreading terror in Pakistan or in any other country... And the Government of Pakistan and the people will surely know that their accusations are false."

Rejecting Pakistan’s allegations that India was fomenting trouble in Balochistan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday termed the charges as “false accusations”, saying the country is not in the business of exporting terror.

“This is entirely wrong. We are not in the business of spreading terror in Pakistan or in any other country. We are not in that business. And the Government of Pakistan and the people will surely know that their accusations are false accusations,” Mr. Singh told a press conference here.

He was replying to a specific question on Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s allegations that India was arming militants in Balochistan.

Replying to questions, the Prime Minister said, “We have to make adequate preparations to deal with the consequences of this overflow of terrorism from neighbourhood to our country.

“We are taking all necessary steps in that direction but it is still my belief that particularly Pakistan and the people and Government of Pakistan should realise the great harm and (their) patronisation of terror groups have done to the South Asian region,” he said.

Mr. Singh said if the countries work together, only “positive good” can come out of it.

To another query about the recent blast outside the Indian Embassy in Kabul and the terror attack at the Pakistan army headquarters, he said, “We need a neighbourhood of peace, friendliness and I will be the last one to say that, I think, if these conditions prevail (like) today in our neighbourhood in Pakistan and in Afghanistan the situation is not what it should be.”

Mr. Singh said the rising role of terrorist groups is a matter of concern.

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