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Ask officially whatever you want: India to Pak

Ask officially whatever you want: India to Pak

Author: PTI
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: February 11, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/155755/Ask-officially-whatever-you-want-India-to-Pak.html

With Pakistan saying it needs more information on Mumbai attacks to pursue probe, India on Tuesday criticised it for talking through the media and asked it to seek officially whatever it wants.

New Delhi made it clear that it will not "negotiate" through the media and reminded Islamabad about the official channels of communication which should be used.

"We would expect official communication from Pakistan whether they need anything extra and anything additional from us," External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters here.

He was responding when asked about Pakistan saying it would require more information from India in connection with the Mumbai attacks as the dossier provided earlier was not "substantial."

"They (Pakistan) should communicate officially, then we will be in a position to deal with it, otherwise it is going to be extremely difficult," Mukherjee said.

Earlier, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon refused to comment on Islamabad's contention, saying Pakistan has been "saying various things at various times and in various forms to various audiences".

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