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Taking strong exception to Indian intelligence reports of an Iranian hand behind the blast in New Delhi yesterday that injured an Israeli diplomat, the Pakistan Government has warned Tehran against staging any further misadventures on Indian soil. In a strongly worded demarche handed over to the Iranian Ambassador, the Pakistan Foreign Office tersely noted: “We will not tolerate any other country poking its hand in Indian affairs and sidelining Pakistan. WTF.”
When queried how Islamabad could be so certain of an Iranian hand behind the blasts, the Pakistan Foreign Secretary, Salman Bashir, brusquely replied, “Well, we were not behind it. So who else could it be?” Mr. Bashir also admitted that the Pakistani establishment was experiencing mixed feelings because for the first time ever Indian intelligence agencies had not pointed a finger at the ISI. “Yeah, it’s a bitter-sweet moment for us. I hope Iran takes our sensitivities into consideration before creating any more mischief in India. I mean can’t they do Israel in some other country, say Burma or Sri Lanka? Why step into our turf, yaar?” added Mr. Bashir, frustration creeping into his tone.
New Delhi has a different perspective. India’s foreign minister, S M Krishna, while expressing sadness over the incident, observed that it is too early to say whether Iraq could be behind the attacks. “Investigations are still on. So let’s not jump to judgments. We have an excellent relationship with Italy, and if they have any strong leads, they should share it with us rather than level allegations,” said the minister to The Unreal Times.
The Indian PM, meanwhile, advised his Israeli counterpart, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, to act with maturity and restraint. “Please don’t get worked up so much. Rather than a knee jerk tit-for-tat response, why don’t you chaps send a list of most wanted terrorists to Tehran instead?” Dr. Singh reportedly told the Israeli Prime Minister over the hotline.