Mumbai attacks: Nawaz for ’stern action’ if India provides proof

December 24th, 2008 - 2:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Nawaz Sharif
Islamabad, Dec 24 (IANS) Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has said he would personally request President Asif Ali Zardari to take “stern action” if India furnished evidence of the involvement of Pakistani territory in the Mumbai attacks.Speaking at a Christmas cake-cutting ceremony at the Punjab Chief Minister’s Secretariat at Lahore Tuesday, “he believed the Pakistan government had no link to the blasts”, The News reported Wednesday.

Sharif, whose brother Shahbaz Sharif is the chief minister of the Punjab province, also “warned” the Indian and Pakistani leaderships against making “irresponsible statements” as this would “further aggravate the situation”.

“He said if the Indian government did not have any evidence, then it should avoid creating tensions in the region through fake allegations,” The News reported.

Sharif maintained that “it would be better for the future of both countries” to resolve their differences through dialogue, adding that Pakistan wanted friendly and peaceful relations with India and was committed to helping India in hunting down the perpetrators of the Mumbai outrage.

Speaking on the occasion, Shahbaz Sharif announced holidays Dec 25-26 for Christian employees and commuted by five months the imprisonment of Christian prisoners detained for petty crimes. He also announced the restoration of reserved job slots for the minorities.

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