‘Pakistani soil not to be used for terrorist activity’

December 9th, 2008 - 12:36 am ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Dec 8 (IANS) Pakistan Monday reiterated that it would not to allow its soil to be used for any kind of terrorist activity and reaffirmed its offer to form a joint team to probe the Mumbai terror attacks.The affirmations came at a meeting of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) chaired by Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, Online news agency reported.

Sources said the meeting was convened to review the overall security situation in the country after the Mumbai attacks, Pakistan-India tensions and others matters.

The meeting came 24 hours after the security forces Sunday cracked down on the Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group that India has blamed for the Mumbai attacks that claimed 172 lives and injured nearly 250.

Beyond a bare-bones announcement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) late Monday, no details were provided about the operations but reports from Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani Kashmir, said LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhwi and 19 other fighters had been arrested.

Pakistani security forces also sealed a camp of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, as the LeT was renamed after it was proscribed, in the Shawai Nullah neighbourhood of Muzaffarabad, the reports said.

Indian and US intelligence officials say the LeT was involved in the Mumbai attacks in which 172 people were killed.

Emerging from the meeting, Information and Broadcasting Minister Sherry Rehman said the Pakistani government would take all steps against the scourge of terrorism in accordance with the country’s laws.

She said it was decided at the meeting that intelligence sharing and formation of a joint commission to investigate the Mumbai attacks would again be offered to India.

According to Rehman, the government would not be involved in any illegal activities, the defence and solidarity of the country would be ensured at all costs and the country’s soil would not be allowed to be used for terrorism.

Pakistan is against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, the minister added.

Apart from Rehman, cabinet ministers Ahmed Mukhtar, Rehman Malik and Muhammad Ali Durrani, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen. Tariq Majeed, ISI head Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha were among those who attended the meeting.

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