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Pakistan ready to join blasts probe

By K J M Varma in Rawalpindi
October 31, 2005 23:24 IST
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Condemning the 'dastardly' serial blasts in Delhi, President Pervez Musharraf said on Monday that Pakistan was ready to join India in the probe into the attack and assured action on its findings.

"We would like to join India in investigating this crime," he said in response to a query regarding reports citing the involvement of some Pakistan-based militant organisations. "Pakistan would act on the results of the probe," Musharraf said at his Army House residence in Rawalpindi.

Offering 'total and unequivocal support' for any probe into the role of Pak-based militant groups in the blasts, he said the attacks 'will not have any impact on the peace talks and on Indo-Pak relations'.

Extending condolences to the next of kin of the victims of the blasts, he said, "Pakistan stands with India on this act of terrorism, which has been perpetuated in New Delhi."

Musharraf began the two-hour press conference with the statement - "I would like to condole with the Indian government, the loss of lives because of the terrible and most dastardly terrorist attack in Delhi. I would like to give total and unequivocal support from Pakistan in any investigation that Indians would like to carry out."

Minutes after the press meet, Musharraf spoke to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the phone, who told him that the country was outraged at these heinous acts of terrorism. Dr Singh told Musharraf that 'India expects Pakistan to act against terrorism directed against India'.

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