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'Pakistanis Have Blown My Comments Out Of Proportion'

The senior political scientist at RAND Corporation insists Pakistani press is taking her innocuous remarks out of context

'Pakistanis Have Blown My Comments Out Of Proportion'
'Pakistanis Have Blown My Comments Out Of Proportion'
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Caught in the crossfire between India and Pakistan over the Balochistan issue is  C. Christine Fair, a senior political scientist at the non-profit think-tank RAND Corporation. This March, Fair participated in roundtable discussion organised by the prestigious American magazine, Foreign Affairs, during which she was quoted as saying, "Having visited the Indian mission in Zahedan, Iran, I can assure you they are not issuing visas as the main activity."  The Pakistani press repeatedly cites her remark to bolster Pakistan's accusations that India supports separatists in Balochistan. Fair, who returned to Washington on Wednesday from a trip to India, addressed the controversy for the first time in an exclusive phone interview with Ashish Kumar Sen and insisted her remarks have been taken out of context and blown out of proportion. Excerpts: 

In a Foreign Affairs roundtable earlier this year you are quoted as saying: "Having visited the Indian mission in Zahedan, Iran, I can assure you they are not issuing...

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