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Attacks on Pak soil had Indian links?

July 22, 2009 15:14 IST

A leading English daily in Pakistan on Wednesday claimed that Islamabad has handed over to India a dossier allegedly containing 'comprehensive evidence' of Indian involvement in several terrorist acts on its soil, including the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team.

The dossier with proof of 'India's involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan' was handed over by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh during their recent meeting at the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, the Dawn newspaper claimed quoting sources as saying.

When contacted, an Indian High Commission official told PTI that the only information provided by Pakistan in the meeting between the two prime ministers was on its dossier on Mumbai attacks which included reference to the five Lashkar terrorists, who are undergoing trial in Pakistan, and 13 other suspects declared as proclaimed offenders.

There was no information provided to India on alleged Indian links to attacks in Pakistan, the official said.

Soon after the terrorist attack on Sri Lanka cricket team on March 3 in Lahore, a Punjab province minister had alleged an Indian hand in the attack on the cricket team, which was, however, denied by the federal government.

The Dawn reported that the broad outlines of the dossier available with it 'reveal details of Indian contacts with those involved in the attacks' on the Sri Lankan cricket team and the Manawan police training near Lahore.

The dossier lists 'safe houses being run by RAW in Afghanistan, where terrorists are trained and launched for missions in Pakistan'. The dossier also covers 'the Indian connection in terror financing in Pakistan', the report said.

A joint statement released after the Gilani-Dr Singh meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh included a reference to Pakistan's concerns about the situation in Balochistan and other areas.

Gilani's close aides said he had taken up the issue of India's involvement in the attack on the Sri Lankan team and other subversive acts that in his meeting with Dr Singh.

Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit too said: 'Yes, these issues were discussed.'
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