Mumbai attacks: Pakistan not to send officials till proof provided

December 7th, 2008 - 3:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Dec 7 (IANS) Pakistan’s civil and military leadership has decided against sending representatives of key institutions, including the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency, to India until New Delhi provides concrete evidence of their involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks, Online news agency reported.The decision came during a meeting Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani chaired with the country’s top civil and military leadership Saturday.

During the meeting, Gilani said that Pakistan was ready to unconditionally cooperate in the probe into the Mumbai attacks but India still had not responded positively to the offer.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar, army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and ISI chief Lt. Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha were among those who attended the meeting, held at the Prime Minster House.

According to reliable sources, Kayani and Pasha apprised the leadership about the security situation in the wake of the Mumbai attacks and the international reaction to this.

Gilani further stated that Pakistan did not have any aggressive designs against any country and wanted cordial and friendly relations with all countries, including India. The levelling of baseless allegations of Islamabad’s involvement in the Mumbai attacks must stop, he added.

According to sources, the prime minister said that the government would defend every inch of the country’s soil and those who cast an evil eye on Pakistan would face an appropriate response.

The meeting also decided to deal with anti-state elements with an iron hand and to further strengthen country’s defence, Online said.

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