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'India not considering troop movement toward LoC'

Source: PTI
December 18, 2008 00:05 IST
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India's High Commissioner to Islamabad, Satyabarata Pal said on Wednesday, the Indian army had remained in their peace-time positions and no troop movement towards the Pakistan border or the Line of Control is being contemplated in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks.

During a meeting with Awami National Party chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, Pal recalled the movement of troops in 2002 in the aftermath of the attack on India's Parliament, and said this was "not the case now", said a statement issued by the ANP.

Pal was quoted as saying that the Indian government is satisfied that the civilian government of Pakistan was not involved in the attacks. He also emphasised the need for mutual cooperation to fight terrorism in the region as both countries were suffering equally, the statement said.

The envoy also denied any threatening call was made from India's external affairs ministry to Pakistan's presidency. In the past 61 years, a call was never made by any Indian minister to the President or Prime Minister of Pakistan as this would be against protocol, Pal was quoted as saying.

Pal requested Khan, who is also chairman of the parliamentary committee for foreign affairs, to personally convey this message to President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

The High Commissioner called on Khan to enquire about his health following a recent failed suicide attack against him.

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