Gilani says India is interfering in Balochistan

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani

Gilani’s remark comes two days after the controversial Indo-Pak joint statement made in Egypt. Gilani said the document reflected Pakistan’s concerns over this.

The joint statement signed by him and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “underlines our concerns over India’s interference in Balochistan and other areas of Pakistan,” Gilani told a press conference.

He praised Manmohan Singh for agreeing to restart dialogue, saying the Indian leader had shown “political sagacity” and “statesmanship” in realising that talks were the only way forward.

The statement, which has been attacked by opposition parties and commentators in India, in a brief reference to Balochistan said Gilani had “mentioned that Pakistan has some information on threats in Balochistan and other areas.”

Referring to the document, Gilani said it “provides for discussion” on all outstanding issues with India.

Proof factor

Asked when Pakistan would  give proof to India about its “interference” in Balochistan, he said “as and when talks take place, it will be handed over. Right now we are talking about talks.”

Asked about the Indian prime minister’s response when he raised the issue of Balochistan, Gilani said both India and Pakistan are “victims of terrorism” and “joint effort” is required to fight it.

Gilani said Manmohan Singh was “very clear” that he was ready to discuss all issues.

 “Just put the cards on the table, I am not scared,” he quoted Singh as saying during their three-hour-long discussions.

 He said there was “trust deficit” in relations between India and Pakistan and “with more interactions, that will be taken care of.”

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