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PM takes stock of Pak situation
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 3
India today gave Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf a cause to smile as it did not condemn the imposition of emergency in Pakistan.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh discussed the Pakistan situation with his number two and external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee this evening, after which the ministry of external affairs promptly issued a two-line reaction. It said: “We regret the difficult times that Pakistan is passing through. We trust that conditions of normalcy will soon return permitting Pakistan’s transition to stability and democracy to continue.”

Noteworthy in this statement is the fact that New Delhi has regretted “the difficult times that Pakistan

is passing through” and not the imposition of emergency. Pakistan-watchers here told this correspondent that the Indian reaction in a way conveyed New Delhi’s empathy for Pakistan in general and Gen Musharraf in particular.

Significantly, Indian generosity came days after an unwarranted remark from Pakistani foreign office spokesman on Tehelka sting operation on Gujarat. India could have promptly rebuked Islamabad and told the Pakistanis to mind their own business and not intervene in domestic affairs of another country. But New Delhi chose to adopt a stiff upper lip attitude and did not issue any comment.

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