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PM rules out US-type operation in Pakistan

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanded a thorough investigation into the presence of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan for several years, but ruled out a US-type operation by India to eliminate Pak-based terrorists wanted by it.



Kabul: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday demanded a thorough investigation into the presence of
Osama bin Laden in Pakistan for several years, but ruled out a
US-type operation by India to eliminate Pak-based terrorists
wanted by it.

"One needs to go for a thorough investigation into the
presence of Osama bin Laden for such a long time on the soil
of Abbottabad," he said at a joint press conference here with
Afghan President Hamid Karzai after their talks.
The killing of bin Laden was a "unique moment" in the
history of the region, said the Prime Minister, who arrived
here earlier on a two-day visit amidst highest levels of
security.

Bin Laden`s death had created a "new situation" and
all countries of the region -- India, Pakistan and Afghanistan
-- would recognise this as a "unique moment" in the history of
this region and work unitedly to end the scourge of terrorism,
he said.
Asked if India would adopt the type of operation that
the US carried out to eliminate the al Qaeda chief, in order
to get Pak-based terrorists wanted by it, Singh began by
saying "these are sensitive issues and we don`t discuss
strategies on terror in press conferences".

The Prime Minister concluded his response by stating,
"I would like to say India is not not like the United States,"
in a clear indication that he did not not favour such an
operation.

PTI

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