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Pakistan: Outsiders Need Not Speculate on Terror, Mumbai: “Irresponsible”

December 21, 2008

Pakistan’s foreign minister said it will be “irresponsible” to speculate on the Mumbai attacks before the probe result. He added that Pakistan has the capability to defend itself.  But the Indian foreign minister said Pakistan should be making arrests….


From the Times of India

“We do not want aggression or war and we want peace. But if war is imposed on us, we have the capability and right to defend ourselves,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters in Multan in reply to a question about the tensions between India and Pakistan.

“Pakistan’s defence and security is complete. Pakistan’s government and armed forces are alert. We have every right to defend the country,” he added.

Pakistani fighter jets on Sunday attacked suspected Taliban ... 
Pakistani fighter jets on Sunday attacked suspected Taliban and Al-Qaeda positions in a lawless tribal area on the border with Afghanistan, killing four militants.(AFP/File/Aamir Qureshi)

Noting that it was in the interest of both Pakistan and India to defuse tensions instead of escalating the situation, Qureshi reiterated Islamabad’s offer to cooperate with New Delhi to probe the terrorist attacks on India’s financial hub that killed over 180 people.

“We are ready for cooperation because this is in our interests. We have only one policy how to defend Pakistan’s interests,” he said, adding that Pakistan condemned terrorism across the world.

“It is easy to talk emotionally, but at this time, the whole region needs to act with wisdom and not passion.”

India To Pakistan: “Military Option Still On The Table”

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Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee speaks at a business ... 
Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee speaks at a business meeting in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata December 21, 2008. Mukherjee said Pakistan had enough evidence to take action against suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba gunmen. “We have evidence like the satellite phone conversations, which were intercepted,” Mukherjee told reporters in the east Indian city of Kolkata during a visit on Sunday.