Deadly attacks on Mumbai were carried from inside Pakistan: PranabDecember 3rd, 2008 - 10:24 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Dec 3 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee in a joint briefing with his American counterpart Condoleezza Rice, said on Wednesday that India would act decisively to protect its territorial integrity, adding that the deadly attacks on Mumbai were carried from inside Pakistan.
I informed Dr. Rice there is no doubt that the terrorist attacks in Mumbai were perpetrated by individuals who came from Pakistan and whose controllers are in Pakistan, he said at a joint press conference.
Mukherjee said there is a deep outrage in India against recent attacks and emphasised on Indias right to protect itself.
He said India wanted to see that the terrorists and organisations who perpetrated these attacks are arrested and brought to justice. We expect all friendly governments and the international community to ensure that this happens.
What action will be taken by the government will depend on the response we have from the Pakistan authorities. I am expecting the response, (and) after obtaining the response, whatever the government considers necessary to protect its territorial integrity, safety and security of its citizens, the government will do that, he added.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice supported Indias demand for justice, and said: India is not alone its fight against terror. We have experienced a similar situation and will work very closely with India to get to the bottom of probe.
Pakistan has a special responsibility to ensure that perpetrators of the strikes are brought to justice, said Rice.
Earlier in the day, Rice said Pakistan should show a real sense of transparency and urgency” in implementing its commitment to tackle terrorism. I would refrain from speculating from what Pakistan will do on the specific request (of India for handing over its fugitives based in that country). (ANI)
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