Saturday, 6 August 2011

Pakistan stands by India in terror fight: Rehman Malik

Minister for Interior Affairs says two neighbours can play decisive role in peace

Mahmood Sadiq

File photo of Malik and P Chidambaram
Pakistan is committed to working with India to root out terrorism, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said, insisting that the two countries can play ‘a decisive role together’ for peace and stability in the region.
"We show our firm resolve to cooperate with India and the international community to work together to end this menace (terrorism)," Malik said in a message posted on micro-blogging website Twitter.
"Terrorism can only be eliminated when all countries work together with a collective responsibility to fight it.” He appreciated his Indian counterpart P Chidambaram's remarks linking the bomb attacks in Mumbai on July 13 to a ‘home-grown’ terrorist module. "I condemn the recent acts of terrorism by the local home-grown terrorists in Bombay, on peaceful and innocent people," he tweeted.
"The people of Pakistan and India are suffering from home-grown terrorism. Extremism, in all its forms, needs to end," the interior minister contended, and called for an ‘open discussion’ on the issue and sought ‘honest suggestions’ to ensure a ‘terrorism-free region’.
He wished Chidambaram "best of luck in dealing with terrorists who are enemies of humanity". "I have great trust in his abilities," he said. Malik was, however, silent on Chidambaram's recent call for Pakistan to ensure the speedy prosecution of the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

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