Pakistan denies Mumbai involvement
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LAHORE, Pakistan (CNN) -- Pakistan has issued regrets over India's postponement of bilateral talks this week and denied claims that terror acts -- such as last week's Mumbai train bombings -- are being planned and launched by anti-Indian insurgents based in Pakistan.
Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam told CNN Monday that Indian allegations were baseless and said Pakistan would not permit "terrorists to use its territory."
"Pakistan does not allow its territory for any terrorist activity, this is our firm policy and commitment," Aslam said.
The number of dead in Tuesday's Mumbai blast now stands at 182 and hundreds have been injured. Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam was in Mumbai on Monday to observe a commemoration remembering the victims of the blast -- two minutes of silence. Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is India's financial capital.
In St. Petersburg, Russia, the G8, invited leaders there, and heads of international groups adopted a statement "condemning barbaric terrorist acts carried out on 11 July 2006 in Mumbai and other parts of India."
Investigators in India are focusing on Pakistan-based Islamic terrorist group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, which has denied responsibility for the Mumbai bombs.
No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts, and no arrests have been made. Also, police searching for clues in the case are still examining phone records from calls between Mumbai and the countries of Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Many Indian authorities believe Pakistan has not done enough to fight insurgents in Pakistan fighting India over the disputed territory of Kashmir, the major flash point in region.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said last week that he has explained to Pakistan that "if the acts of terrorism are not controlled it will be exceedingly difficult for any government to carry forward what may be called normalization and peace process."
"Pakistan in 2004 had solemnly given an assurance that Pakistani territory will not be used to promote, encourage, train and abet terrorist elements directed against India. That assurance has to be fulfilled before the peace process or other processes can make progress," Singh said on Friday.
The cancellation of bilateral talks this week -- which were to be at the foreign-secretary level -- is disappointing to Pakistan. Both countries had been developing closer ties before the Mumbai bombings.
Regarding the suspicions that Pakistan-based insurgents could have carried out the Mumbai bombing, Aslam said "our reaction is the same, we reject these allegations which are unsubstantiated."
Singh attended the G8 summit and met with world leaders including President Bush, who told Singh that "America mourns the loss of innocent life as a result of the terrorists attacks."
CNN's Satinder Bindra and Syed Mohsin Naqvi contributed to this report.
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