Malik distances from mosque attack comments

Rehman Malik on Saturday distanced himself from a Pak official`s claim that India`s RAW was involved in terrorist attacks on two mosques.

Last Updated: May 30, 2010, 00:04 AM IST

Islamabad: Interior Minister Rehman Malik
today distanced himself from a Pakistani official`s claim that
India`s RAW intelligence agency was involved in terrorist
attacks on two mosques of the minority Ahmedi sect in Lahore,
saying he had no evidence of such a link.

Responding to a question from reporters about Lahore
Commissioner Khusro Pervez’s comments that RAW was involved in
the attacks, Malik said: "He may have some evidence and on the
basis of it he was saying so. But I cannot name anybody in
such a case before I have solid evidence.

Even if there is any evidence indicating the involvement
of a "foreign hand" in yesterday’s attacks in Lahore, it will
need to be properly investigated, he said.

Instead of indulging in a blame game, cooperation among
regional countries can be the "best and wisest" response to
terrorists, Malik said.

Pakistan is committed to coordinate with other countries
of the region to annihilate the menace of terrorism, he added.

The world community must respond Pakistan`s significant
sacrifices in the war on terror with greater sharing of
intelligence and other resources, he said.

"We are the victims of terrorism and the world has seen
our aggressive and committed offensive against terrorists in
Swat and (the tribal areas)," he said.

Ninety-five people were killed and over 100 injured when
heavily armed the two Ahmedi mosques in Lahore.

Police officials today said the attackers were linked to
the Pakistani Taliban.

PTI