PAKISTAN has stated for the first time since the Singh-Gilani meeting in Egypt in July that it has not handed over a dossier on Balochistan to the Indian Prime Minister.
No, we didnt. Actually, we flagged the issue on Balochistan. We asked for a positive attitude and asked for non-interference inside Balochistan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in an interview with Outlook magazine.
He was asked about claims in the Pakistani media that such a dossier was handed over to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the meeting with Yousuf Raza Gilani at Sharm-el Sheikh on the sidelines of the NAM Summit.
Balochistans reference in the joint statement issued after the meeting had evoked sharp reactions in India. Pakistan has been accusing India of fomenting trouble in Balochistan, a charge it refutes.
Indian opposition party BJP and several other political parties have slammed Prime Minister Singh for agreeing to the mention of Balochistan, saying government has yielded to Pakistan without thinking of its implications.