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Pak. rejects charge

ISLAMABAD Aug. 26. Pakistan tonight rejected the charge levelled by the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, that it was harbouring terrorists wanted for acts of terrorism in India.

"We have not given shelter to any Indian or any other nationals wanted for acts of terrorism in India," the Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman, Masood Khan, said. "I would like to add that this is not the time for finger-pointing. Nor should Indian leaders take political mileage out of the gruesome tragedy. We condemn this reprehensible acts of terrorism."

Asked why Pakistan was not ready to cooperate with India in view of the recent thaw in the relations, he said, "yes there is a thaw. We should maintain the momentum generated. Therefore, leaders in India should avoid making negative statements. These are unhelpful. Yes, this was a gruesome tragedy. We have condemned it," he said.

Referring to Mr. Advani's charge that Pakistan's condemnation was a mere formality, Mr. Khan said Islamabad had condemned the blasts with all sincerity as it was against terrorism in all its forms.

"We are surprised by statement attributed to the Deputy Prime Minister. Despite his negative reaction we still sympathise and condole with the families of innocent civilians in Mumbai who have lost their lives and suffered injuries."

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