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Updated: June 28, 2010 02:05 IST

Qureshi for common approach to fighting terror

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Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. File Photo: AP
AP Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. File Photo: AP

Says the two sides will understand each other's difficulties only through engagement

Pakistan on Sunday termed “presumptuous” India's contention that enough was not being done in the Mumbai attacks case, saying the two countries would understand “each other's challenges and difficulties” only through engagement.

In an interview to PTI, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi pressed for a common approach to dealing with terrorism and promised to take action against any handler of 26/11.

As India raises questions over the speed of trial in Pakistan in the 26/11 case, Mr. Qureshi said the pace was slow because of “complications” arising from the fact that the crime was committed in a different country and exchange of information was a “cumbersome” process. He said India and Pakistan should work together to send out a message to terrorists that they cannot “drive a wedge” between the two countries.

“If you say Pakistan has not moved, it will be unfair,” he said.

“Do not question our sincerity. We want to move on because terrorism is hitting us as well,” the Pakistan Foreign Minister said.

India has been complaining that Pakistan is not taking action against Mumbai attacks mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and other identified handlers continue to be at large.

Asked about this, Mr. Qureshi said: “This is being presumptuous. You are presuming because we are not talking. You are presuming because we are not in contact.”


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