Khar: PM faced ‘very big’ graft charges

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told a gathering at the Asia Society on Tuesday that India was not different from Pakistan where corruption in high places was concerned, and that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself faced "very, very big" allegations.

Asked about the "tremendous corruption" in her country that had seen the supreme court chief justice order the arrest of the prime minister, Khar said, "The problem of corruption plagues many countries within South Asia and elsewhere also. You saw many, many scandals of corruption and allegations on the Prime Minister within India also very recently and very, very big ones."

Khar accused India of "war-mongering", and said Pakistan was "deeply disappointed" by India's "upping the ante" when Islamabad wanted the dialogue process to be "uninterrupted and uninterruptible". "What do we see today? We see three incidents across the LoC. We see war-mongering which puts the last 60 years actively back into our memory. War-mongering coming in from the other side of the border...," Khar said.

She continued to deny that the Pakistani army had killed two Indian soldiers.

At the UNSC, India said nations who used terror as an "instrument of state policy" were "short-sighted". With Khar in the chair, India's envoy to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri, said, "Terrorism is a Frankenstein's monster. Resort to the use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy is short-sighted. "

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