Mumbai attacks: Paks UN envoy says no point in blame game

December 2nd, 2008 - 2:36 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Dec.2 (ANI): Pakistans envoy to the United Nations, Abdullah Hussain Haroon, has said that there is no point in either India or Pakistan, or for that matter the international community engaging in a blame game on what happened in Mumbai last week.
In a letter written to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Haroon describes as ”regrettable” the attempt being made internationally to “involve Pakistan through its government and people to bear the brunt of the outrage against the Mumbai incident”.
Calling the ”American intervention in Iraq” among ”the costliest mistakes made by mankind”, he writes that the international community is better served by the ”reality of peace”.
According to the Daily Times, Haroon says the need of the hour” is to avoid the ”blame game”.
He writes, “In my various discourses at the United Nations I have tried to explain that in history, whenever the Khyber is breached, India becomes vulnerable and the flash point is always within Indian boundaries typically at Panipat. For a long time we have tried to tell the world that the frontline has shifted from Afghanistan into Pakistan and the consequences for India, Middle East and China are obvious.
Haroon also calls for efforts aimed at helping the Government of Pakistan not only to defend itself, “but to stamp out the threat to Pakistan and to the entire world once and for all”, which requires financial aid, political understanding and ”unstinting military support”.
“Whosoever have planned the Mumbai episode are part of a deliberate international move emanating out of Al Qaeda” to ratchet up tension, extend the field of conflict and to undermine normalisation between Pakistan and India, he claims. (ANI)

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