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'India, Pak intelligence must work together'

Source: PTI
February 22, 2007 21:08 IST
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Intelligence agencies of India and Pakistan will have to work together if South Asia is to "live in a civilised manner," Pakistan said on Thursday emphasising that such a cooperation is possible if governments push it.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri, while talking to some TV channels in New Delhi, hoped India will share the outcome of the probe into the Samjhauta Express blast before the March 6 meeting of Joint Anti-Terror Mechanism so that "meaningful contribution" can be made to the fight against terror.

Asked whether intelligence agencies of the two countries could work together, he said, "They will have to if South Asia is to live in a civilised manner."

He added that if both the governments "put their weight behind" such an endeavour, it will work.

"After all, both countries have suffered. It's your territory but majority of them are from Pakistan," Kasuri said, and asked, "Why shouldn't it work?"

Kasuri, who held talks with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday, said he had been assured by him that all the information regarding the investigation will be shared either before or during the anti-terror mechanism meeting in Islamabad.

"That will be two weeks (from the blasts) and hopefully information will be shared before so that they can make a meaningful contribution (in the fight against terror)," he said.

The issue of Samjhauta blasts dominated the meeting between Mukherjee and Kasuri, which were primarily convened for joint commission.

"It is a very important case in which both countries have suffered. So I would like that the government of India shares results of investigations," Kasuri said noting that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had already assured his Pakistani counterpart Shauqat Aziz that it will be done.

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