Pak condemns Jammu terror attack, says violence should not deter peace talks
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Condemning the terror attack in Jammu that killed 10 people including an Army Lieutenant Colonel, Pakistan on Friday said such acts of violence should not be allowed to deter the Indo-Pak peace talks.
A statement by Foreign Office here said Pakistan remains committed to eliminate the spectre of terrorist violence from our society and the region and "has on numerous occasions offered cooperation to India in fighting this menace through laid down bilateral echanisms".
"We have noted with deep concern, media reports on the unfortunate incident in Jammu on September 26...The timing of this attack is particularly disturbing as it takes place a couple of days before the leaders of Pakistan and India are to meet in a bid to move towards improvement of relations," it said.
The statement added that it is imperative that any such act of violence should not be allowed to "deter us from pursuing a path to a better future for our peoples".
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on Thursday made it clear that he will hold talks with Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on September 29.
Meanwhile, stressing that Pakistan was itself a "foremost victim" of this menace, Foreign Office statement said Islamabad condemns all forms of terrorism.
Pakistan remains ready to discuss all outstanding disputes in a meaningful manner, it added.
The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi had condemned the attack on Thursday itself.