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Pakistan’s Zardari rejects Mumbai ‘claims’ From US, India and British

December 17, 2008

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has said there is still no firm proof that gunmen who attacked the Indian city of Mumbai came from Pakistan.

US, Indian and British officials all say there is clear evidence suggesting the attacks originated in terrorist training camps inside Pakistan.

President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari looks on during a press ...
Mr. Zardari of Pakistan.  The United States said Monday that Pakistan has taken “some positive steps” to help India probe the attacks in Mumbai but said more cooperation was needed to prevent any follow-on attacks.(AFP/File/Sezayi Erken)

But speaking to the BBC, Mr Zardari said there was still no conclusive evidence to substantiate the claim.

However he promised Pakistan would take action if a link was proved.

More than 170 people died in last month’s attacks in Mumbai (Bombay), which India blamed on the Lashka-e-Taiba militant group.

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Mr Zardari told the BBC’s Alan Little in Islamabad that Pakistan was prepared to act if adequate evidence of any Pakistani complicity in the attacks emerged.

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‘India Was Ready to Strike Pakistan’

December 7, 2008

The Pakistani High Commissioner in London, Wajid Shamsul Hassan, says India was ready to launch a military strike on Pakistan in retaliation for the Mumbai terror attacks, Sky News reported.

Hassan said British and American officials had to intervene to prevent India from carrying out an attack.

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, pictured in October, 2008. ... 
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
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“On the day of the Mumbai attacks, I got some information in London that India was going to act very drastically against Pakistan in retaliation to what happened,” Hassan told Sky News.

The senior diplomat alerted the Pakistani government and President Asif Ali Zardari to the threat.

In turn, Zardari urgently contacted high level British and American officials who intervened to calm the situation.

“The president spoke to people in various places and the next day Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke to Mr. Zardari and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke to Shri Pranab Mukherjee, India’s external minister,” Hassan told Sky News. “It was probably because of that reason why the tension that was building up was eased a little.”

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