PM dismisses Pak. claim
NEW DELHI, FEB. 2. The Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, today dismissed Pakistan's claim of India's hand in the abduction of the U.S. journalist, Daniel Pearl, and said truth would be out soon.
``Various allegations are being levelled. But the truth has not yet been found out,'' he said, a day after the Pakistan Foreign Minister, Abdul Sattar, said the kidnappers of the Wall Street Journal reporter had contacted the Indian Government officials over phone.
Mr. Vajpayee said it was ``very surprising'' that a journalist has been abducted. ``Journalists do their job and do not nurture any ill-will against anybody.''- PTI
Our Special Correspondent reports from New Delhi:
India dismissed as ``totally preposterous'' Pakistan's allegation that the kidnappers of Pearl might have links with the Government officials. ``It is a total charade. It is totally preposterous. Let them give the names,'' the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said, in response to questions about Mr. Sattar's remarks in Berlin on Friday. The spokesperson pointed out that Pakistan had not informed India about the incident.
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