Pakistan proposes joint anti-terrorism mechanism with India

By Xinhua,

Islamabad : Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Tuesday that his country had offered full cooperation to India on the Mumbai attacks probe and proposed a joint anti-terrorism mechanism.

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The entire world is engulfed by the menace of terrorism and Pakistan and India are also its victims, said Qureshi in a statement issued after his meeting with 36 foreign diplomats and gave a detailed briefing about Pakistan’s stance in the wake of Mumbai terror attacks.

He asked the Indian side to stop the blame game.

India has handed over Pakistan a list of 20 wanted persons, said the Indian media quoting Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

On Monday, India’s foreign ministry summoned Pakistani High Commissioner Shahid Malik to lodge an official protest over the Mumbai attacks.

India’s foreign ministry has said investigations have shown that all the militants involved in the Mumbai attacks were Pakistani nationals.

Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani is scheduled to hold a national security conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss the prevailing situation following the Mumbai attacks and evolve a consensus policy in this regard.

Gilani has already contacted Pakistani politicians by telephone and discussed the situation with special reference to the Mumbai attacks in India. He denied that Pakistan was not involved in act of violence.

Pakistan has a clear stance on the Mumbai incidents and wants to cooperate with India to enable it to nab the perpetrators of these attacks in Mumbai, he stressed.