Pak blames India for using Afghanistan soil against PakistanMarch 10th, 2009 - 12:29 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad,Mar. 10 (ANI): In a bid to come clean on the Lahore terror attack, Pakistan has reiterated the role of a foreign hand in it, and accused India of using Afghanistans soil against Pakistan.
Addressing the National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior Affairs, Advisor on Interior matters, Rehman Malik, said investigations have not found any evidence of the Lashkar-e-Toibas involvement.
Rehman asserted there is enough evidence to prove that a foreign hand was behind the attack.
India was using Afghanistans soil against Pakistan, The Daily Times quoted Rehman, as saying.
Malik also admitted that security personnel guarding the Lankan convoy were not well equipped to counter the attack.
The committee, however, expressed discontent over the security cover provided to the Sri Lankan team.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has rebuked reports about an Indian involvement in the Lahore terror attack.
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said India is a long ally of his country, and that the Lankan Government does see any Indian linkage in the attack in which seven Sri Lankan cricket players were injured.
From our point of view, there is no Indian involvement. India has helped us in our counter-terrorist efforts. I don”t see a need for India to target the Sri Lankan cricket team, Bogollagama said.
Bogollagama said the LTTEs involvement can not be denied in the incident because of its links with international banned terrorist outfits.
“We are not ruling out links with the LTTE. The LTTE are known to have links with international terrorist groups. Our initial suspicions are on the LTTE, he said. (ANI)
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