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Pak claims 'concrete' proof of India's involvement in Waziristan

November 03, 2009 11:07 IST
Notwithstanding United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's clarifications that there was not sufficient evidence to prove India's involvement in terror activities inside Pakistan's territory, Pakistan Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira has said that Islamabad has found 'concrete evidence' regarding New Delhi's role in fanning insurgency in South Waziristan, where the military is engaged in an intense battle with the Taliban.

Addressing a joint press conference with Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Major Athar Abbas, Kaira said Islamabad would soon discuss the issue with New Delhi.

Kaira said Pakistan wants to resolve all the pending issues with India through peace talks, which should resume as soon as possible. Interacting with mediapersons, Abbas said troops have recovered large quantities of Indian arms and ammunition, literature, medical equipments and medicines from Sherwangi near Kaniguram during search and combing operations.

"The Foreign Office has been informed of the discoveries and the matter would be taken up through diplomatic channels with the Indian authorities," The Daily Times quoted Abbas, as saying.

Responding to a question regarding reports of the closing down of about half a dozen security check-posts along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border by the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces, Abbas said Islamabad is aware about that and is in contact with the allied forces.

"We have been told the posts were being re-adjusted," he said, adding, "Closing the posts in certain sensitive areas would affect the ongoing military operation."

When enquired about the Taliban leadership's whereabouts, the top military spokesperson said he was not sure whether the top extremist commanders are still in the region or have escaped to North Waziristan following the offensive. Abbas said 12 more militants were killed by the security forces in the last 24-hours in the operation Rah-e-Nijat.       

Source: ANI