He also denied calling the Indian Prime Minister a ‘village woman’. "When the Taliban disown the attacks, the mind is naturally compelled to think that there are external forces at work to destabilize Pakistan. We need to find out who these hidden hands are and who is behind them," he said.

The Pakistan Prime Minister said that he had raised the issue of a suspected Indian involvement in Pakistan's Balochistan province with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh.

While expressing his satisfaction with the outcome of meeting with Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Sunday, Sharif said: "We need to be sagacious and realistic about peace in the South Asian region. Some of the most hotly contested issues in the world were settled through talks.”

"If we don't sit down and talk through things, then we can't resolve our issues. There is poverty and backwardness in India and Pakistan... both countries face so many issues. It's in the interest of India and Pakistan to maintain peace and negotiate with each other for peace," he said.


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