We have non-state actors, says Zardari

December 27th, 2008 - 8:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Benazir BhuttoIslamabad, Dec 27 (IANS) Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari said Saturday that his country did have “non-state actors”, a term he used to describe terrorists who ravaged Mumbai last month.“We have issues? Yes, we have issues. We have non-state actors? Yes, we have non-state actors,” he said, speaking at Nao Dero in Sind province to mark the first anniversary of his wife and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination.

Zardari warned the international community that terrorists were forcing their agenda on India and Pakistan.

“Please do not fall a victim (to them), because you will be the victim, we will be the victim, the region will be the victim,” he said in a speech seemingly aimed at easing tensions between Pakistan and India in the wake of the Mumbai killings.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader said that his country too was a victim of terrorism.

“We have lost our people… In spite of them, we do not talk of war. We do not talk about vengeance.”

Zardari said he was happy that the US was thinking afresh that South Asian problems needed “a regional cure for cancer. We accept we have a cancer”.

Zardari’s comments came as Pakistan announced it was sending more troops to the border citing threats of war from India, which has blamed Pakistani terrorists for the Mumbai attacks that left over 170 people dead.

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