Pakistan is also a victim of terrorism, says Indian minister

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NEW (Web Desk) – Sympathizing with Pakistan on the issue of terrorism, Indian Union minister of Food and Consumer Affairs Ram Vilas Paswan said that India‘s neighbouring country is also a victim of terror.

Talking to reporters in Patna, Paswan said Pakistan does not support terrorism.

“Terror incidents have not only hit India but Pakistan as well. More people have been killed in Pakistan than India,” he said.

He said: “If terrorists were under Nawaz Sharif’s control, how could those people (Pakistanis) have lost their lives.”

Paswan said he believes in three points regarding Pakistan-India relations. There should be friendship and mutual understanding between the two sides. Both countries should share same currency and the visa issue should be resolved at earliest.

Same case should be applied on Pakistan, India and Bangladesh ties, he added.

The response comes few days after attack on Pathankot air base near Pakistan border. Indian security officials suspect the gunmen belonged to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, the group that staged a 2001 attack on the Indian parliament which brought the two countries to the brink of war.

In a statement, Modi’s office said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had telephoned him to discuss the attack on the Pathankot base in the northern state of Punjab near the border with Pakistan.

Modi “strongly emphasised the need for Pakistan to take firm and immediate action against the organisations and individuals responsible for and linked to the Pathankot terrorist attack”, said the statement.

Sharif had given assurances that his government would take “prompt and decisive action”.

Pakistan had already condemned the attack, which began January 2 with a dawn raid on the vast air base that triggered a 14-hour gunbattle, killing seven Indian security personnel.

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A statement last week from Prime Minister’s office said his government was “working on the leads and information provided by the Indian government”.

Some analysts have suggested the rare targeting of an Indian military installation outside disputed Kashmir may have been aimed at derailing talks between the nuclear-armed neighbours, who have fought three wars since gaining independence from Britain in 1947.

Earlier on Monday, Indian media claimed that Pakistan has handed over the initial report of Pathankot attack to India.

The report suggests that the numbers provided by India are not registered in Pakistan.

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Moreover, India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval confirmed that the foreign secretary level talks between Pakistan and India will be held as per schedule.

2016-01-12

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