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Govt will not spare those behind Malegaon blasts: Ahamed

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Coimbatore, Sep 9 (UNI) Union Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed today said the Government will spare no efforts to book the culprits behind the Malegaon blasts and urged the people of the country to stand united to defeat the nefarious designs of those trying to foment communal disharmony and destabilise the government.

Talking to newspersons here, he said the people should uphold the principle of peaceful co-existence of all religious communities.

Mr Ahamed said the Malegaon incident would not affect the India-Pakistan peace talks. India was, however, ready to hold discussions with Pakistan in an atmosphere free of violence and terror, he added.

He denied Pakistan's allegation that India was fomenting trouble in Balochistan province.

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf should honour his commitment to the treaty signed during 2004 by both countries that no cross-border terrorism would be permitted, Mr Ahamed said.

He said the present law was sufficient to curb terrorism. The government would firmly deal with terrorism and take action against the involvement of those with ulterior motive.

He said India was of the view that ceasefire should be maintained and negotiations should continue in Sri Lanka. A solution to the ethnic conflict should be found by taking all sections of the Sri Lankan society into confidence, he added.

He said India's envoy in Sri Lanka Ms Nirupama Rao was maintaining a high standard of professionalism and doing a wonderful job.

Mr Ahamad said the Central Government was planning to open a full-fledged passport office in Coimbatore and Madurai next year.

They had also planned to increase the present 31 passport offices by opening more offices at Amristar, Dehra Dun, Shimla and Raipur in Chhattisgarh soon, he added.

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