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'Don't let Indo-Pak ties be sabotaged'

Source: PTI
May 15, 2008 19:49 IST
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As the spurt in terror incidents threatens to overshadow the upcoming talks, senior Pakistan People's Party leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim on Thursday suggested that some elements may be trying to 'sabotage' the improvement of Indo-Pak ties which the two countries should not allow.

Condemning terrorism 'anywhere in the world' in the backdrop of Jaipur blasts, Fahim said the two countries should jointly look for ways to address the problem.

The PPP Vice Chairman, who was expected to be the party's prime ministerial candidate after Benazir Bhutto's assassination, pinned hopes on the upcoming Foreign Ministerial talks while underlining that the two countries should build on what has been achieved during President Pervez Musharraf's rule.

"We have seen in the past too, whenever serious steps are taken (between the two countries), some incidents take place which are aimed at causing harm to the process of improvement of relations," Fahim, a close associate of slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, told a select group of media persons in New Delhi.

Fahim, who is in New Delhi on a private visit, was responding when referred to the recent spurt in terror violence in India besides firing at the Line of Control, which threatens to overshadow the Indo-Pak talks beginning on May 20.

He said it needed to be looked into as to 'who is interested in sabotaging the process of improvement of relations and why do they want the talks hampered'.

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