Pakistan PM calls security conference to discuss tensions with India

December 1st, 2008 - 1:11 am ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Nov 30 (Xinhua) Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has summoned a security conference to be held Dec 2 to review the situation arising out of the attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai, an official here said Sunday.Gilani has invited some political leaders to attend the conference to discuss the strategy to deal with the situation, a spokesman for the prime minister said.

Earlier, his spokesman said that Gilani had cancelled a trip to Hong Kong to concentrate on addressing growing tensions with India after the Mumbai terror attacks.

Gilani was due to attend the Clinton Global Initiative summit Dec 2-3 but his spokesman said that he would instead deal with Indian allegations that terrorists involved in the Mumbai attacks came from Pakistan.

Gilani was holding consultations with military and political leaders and would send a special assistant to take his place at the conference, he said.

The Mumbai attacks have heightened tensions between Pakistan and Indian as several Indian leaders have claimed that elements in Pakistan were behind the attacks.

Islamabad has denied any role and asked India to provide evidence about the involvement of elements in Pakistan to take action against them.

Leaders in Pakistan have condemned the Mumbai attacks and pledged action against any group found to be involved, saying that any increase in India-Pakistan tensions would be a victory for the extremists.

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