India links Pakistan to blastsIndia links Pakistan to blasts
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told Pakistan on Monday that weekend bomb blasts in Delhi were probably linked to foreign elements, while Indian officials said Pakistan could have been involved. Pakistani officials responded by urging New Delhi to provide evidence of the involvement of Pakistani militant groups in the blasts which killed 59 people, and promising to cooperate with the investigations. Singh made the comments when Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf called him to offer condolences after Saturday's blasts at two crowded markets, an Indian foreign ministry statement said. The blasts came as residents of the Indian capital shopped for sweets and gifts ahead of Diwali on Tuesday, and Eid-al-Fitr, the most important festival on the Muslim calendar later this week. "The prime minister told the president of Pakistan that the country was outraged at these heinous acts of terrorism," the statement said. "The prime minister again drew the president's attention to Pakistan's commitment to ending cross-border terrorism and said that we continue to be disturbed and dismayed at indications of the external linkages of terrorist groups with the Oct. 29 bombing, and said India expects Pakistan to act against terrorism directed at India." Indian security officials and analysts said the group was probably a front for Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (Force of the Pure), which is among several Islamist militant groups fighting Indian rule in Kashmir.