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Pakistan dismisses Indian allegations of cross-border terrorism

ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN NEWS SUMMARY (07-10-1999)

ISLAMABAD, Oct 7 (APP): Pakistan on Oct. 6, 1999 dismissed as baseless Indian allegations of cross-border terrorism, saying, such "baseless charges," have never been backed up by India with facts or evidence. A Foreign Office Spokesman was reacting to Indian Foreign Secretary K. Raghunath's reported statement Tuesday that resumption of dialogue with Pakistan was possible if the latter ended cross- border terrorism. "These allegations are made as a smoke-screen behind which India continues with its state sponsored terrorism," in Indian Held Kashmir (IHK), he told APP here today. When asked Ragunath had linked resumption of talks with stopping of alleged cross- border terrorism by Pakistan, he, while spurning these allegations, said, pre-conditions for resumption of dialogue are unacceptable to Pakistan. "As such this pre-condition for resumption of talks is unacceptable to Pakistan," he said. Pakistan has consistently rejected this," baseless Indian allegations of support for so called cross-border terrorism," said FO Spokesman. When asked about Indian test firing of surface -to air missile, Akash on Tuesday, he billed it another step to de-stabilize peace in the region. The test of Akash missile," is yet another de-stabilizing step by India for peace and security in the region," said the Spokesman. "Pakistan has repeatedly offered India a Strategic Restraint Regime to ensure peace and security in South Asia," said FO Spokesman. India on Tuesday successfully test fired its Akash (Sky) missile with a range of 25 km in the Eastern State of Orissa. The missile has the capability of hitting many targets at a time.