‘Appalled’ by reactions from India, ready for third party probe: Khar

by Jan 9, 2013

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has denied Pakistan's hand in the killings of two Indian soldiers Lance Naik Hemraj and Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh and said Pakistan is ready for a third party probe to verify their claims if 'India doesn't believe in its inquiry'.

"We have ordered an independent investigation, but we are offering more, let a third party investigate the issue," Khar said in an exclusive interview with  CNN-IBN, adding that Pakistan has completed its investigation in the matter.

Hina Rabbani Khar denied that Pakistani army had any role to play in the killing of two Indian soldiers. AP.

The minister said that Pakistan was ready for independent investigation by the United Nations. She also suggested that since the supposed attack had happened on the Indian territory, the Indian agencies should investigate it first.

She also questioned the Indian reaction to the incident and said it was not proper.

"Three days back , Lance Naik Aslam brutally murdered because of Indian firing, 400 kms metres inside Pakistani territory. The DG (Military operations) of Pakistan asked his counterpart in India for an explanation. You did not see any hostile reaction coming in from the foreign minister, as we believe that these things must be dealt in a responsible manner," Khar said.

She said that she was appalled at some of the suggestions being made by the Indian politicians and spokespersons on Pakistan's effort to derail the peace process.

"This is a government that I represent of the Pakistan People's Party that has invested four years of building normalcy an environment of trust, an environment of moving forward to achieve common objectives of regional peace and foster internal stability between the two countries, " Khar said.

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