India can't lecture Pak with their demands: Bashir

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New Delhi, Feb 23: While India sounded hopeful after the Foreign Secretary level talk on Thursday, Feb 25, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir seemed less then satisfied with the dialogue.

"India cannot lecture us with their demands," Bashir said, referring to India's demand on handing over Hafiz Saeed, the master mind of Mumbai terror attacks.

Bashir said that the evidence that India has against Hafiz was all 'literature' and there was not enough evidence to nail him.

However, he said that Pakistan was more than willing to cooperate in the anti-terror operation and will ensure that the Pakistan was not use for terror activists against India.

Stating that Jammu Kashmir continues to be the core issue with India, the Foreign Secretary said that Pakistan was concerned about the human rights violation in the valley.

He added Pakistan will continue to help the people of Jammu Kashmir in their struggle.

Appreciating the resumption of dialogues between the two countries, Bashir expressed hope that the composite dialogue would continue.

However, minutes later he contradicted his earlier statement by saying that Pakistan was not desperate to have dialogues.

Bashir said that Siachen and Sir Creek were also part of the discussion.

Earlier, Indian Foreign Secretary said that India and Pakistan agreed to remain in touch.

Rao said that India has handed three dossier to Pakistan - one on involvement of certain individuals in 26/11 attacks, second on threats issued by terrorist Illyas Kashmiri and the third on fugitives from Indian law in Pakistan.

She said that India was displeased with Pakistan response that it was not possible to take action against JuD leader Hafiz Saeed.

"Time is not ripe for resumption of composite dialogue with Pakistan," said Rao.

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