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India asks Pakistan to shed 'negative mindset'

Source: PTI
August 07, 2003 00:27 IST
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Dismissing the charge about terrorist training camps in its territory, India on Wednesday asked Pakistan's to shed its 'negative mindset'.

"We are disappointed at the tone and substance of the comments made by the Pakistan foreign ministry on August 4," a Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said.

"The less said about the Pakistani spokesperson's egregious comments about terrorist training apparatus in India, the better. At least, he deserves high marks for originality of invention," the spokesman said.

The spokesman said the increasingly aggressive tone of the Pakistani spokesman in the recent past 'suggests continuing unwillingness to acknowledge the failure of the unproductive policies that Pakistan has pursued so far'.

"We would once again call upon the government of Pakistan to seize the new spirit infused amongst the people of both countries by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's initiative and shed its negative mindset," he said.

When asked about comments made by his Pakistani counterpart relating to minorities in India, he said that Pakistan's record on minorities hardly entitled it to pronounce on treatment of minority issues in India.

"Even Muslim minorities in Pakistan, leave alone other religious minorities, are insecure," he said.
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