Won’t let Pakistani soil be used against other countries: Zardari

March 28th, 2009 - 10:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, March 28 (IANS) Pakistan will not permit its soil to be used for terrorist activities against other countries and will not allow any violation of its sovereignty, President Asif Ali Zardari said Saturday.
“Pakistan will not allow the use of its soil for terrorist activities against any other state,” he declared while addressing a joint session of parliament here.

“We will also not allow anyone to violate our sovereignty,” he added.

Zardari’s remarks acquire significance in the light of a dossier India has submitted on the involvement of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and other elements from this country in the Nov 26-29, 2008, Mumbai carnage that claimed more than 170 lives, including those of 26 foreigners.

Ajaml Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist captured alive during the Mumbai mayhem, has also admitted to being a Pakistani.

A month after the Mumbai attacks, the UN, acting at the instance of India and the US, had proscribed the Jamaatud Daawa (JD) charity front that the LeT had morphed into.

The Pakistani security forces then launched a crack-down on the Let-JD, arresting its top commanders Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and Zarrar Shah.

In February, Pakistan admitted a part of the Mumbai conspiracy had been planned on its territory and said it had charged eight men for their alleged involvement in the attacks.

Six of the eight men have been arrested while one is at large. Kasab is the eighth suspect.

Pakistan also submitted a list of 30 questions on the India’s Mumbai dossier, to which New Delhi replied earlier this month.

Speaking about the government’s efforts to deal with terrorism, Zardari said the government had drawn up a strategy to make peace with those willing to give up the gun and simultaneously deal firmly with those who challenged the government’s writ.

In this context, he noted that a National Counter Terrorism Authority had been set up and that the government would recruit 20,000 additional policemen in each of the four provinces.

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