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Will move against 26/11 terrorists with full force: Pakistan

Last Updated: Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 16:12

Islamabad: Pakistan on Saturday assured India that it will move with "full force" against terrorists behind the 26/11 Mumbai carnage and asked New Delhi to join hands to defeat forces of terrorism that want to derail the dialogue between the two countries.

"We want to move ahead with full force against terrorism and terrorist organizations," Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told an Indian TV news channel in an interview when asked whether he could assure India of concrete action against the Mumbai terror accused.

"Terror is hurting Pakistan. We ourselves are victims of terrorism," he added.

Pakistan and India need to get together to defeat terrorism, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said today, describing terror as the "common enemy" of both countries.

"We have to, in my view, join hands to defeat the common enemy," the minister told the news channel.

Qureshi said his own meeting with Chidambaram was "good, candid. He put across the Indian point of view, the Indian concern. I put across the Pakistani perception".

Qureshi said terrorism was not just a regional problem but a global one.

"It is important to sit together, it is important to discuss in a frank manner... I am confident that these meetings will develop into positive outcomes. We have made the right beginning."

Qureshi, however, reiterated that India`s decision to suspend the bilateral dialogue with Pakistan in the wake of the November 2008 Mumbai terror attack was wrong.

"The suspension of the dialogue was not correct. Tell me, who benefited? Not india, not Pakistan. The net beneficiary were the terrorist forces."

He added, referring to terrorists: "We have to see how we can collectively defeat their designs."

The minister said that Pakistan today was itself a victim of terrorism. "It is in our interest to make tangible progress (in India-Pakistan relations), and we will make progress."


First Published: Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 16:12
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