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War not in the interest of any country: Pakistan PM

December 27, 2008 01:57 IST

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'Common friends' of India and Pakistan are playing their role to defuse tensions between the two countries as war is not in the interest of either nation, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani [Images] said on Friday.

"War is not in the interest of any country and all issues should be resolved through dialogue," Gilani said.

"The peace-loving countries and the common friends of Pakistan and India are playing their role to defuse tensions between the two countries," he told reporters.

Pakistan wants peace and will not initiate any military aggression, he added.

"The nation, government, politicians and the Pakistan Army [Images] are united to defend the country," he said, adding that if war is imposed on Pakistan, it will give a befitting response to India.

The army is effectively playing its role to defend the geographical frontiers of the country and is capable of meeting any eventuality, he added.

India is leveling allegations against Pakistan without any proof, Gilani said, adding that the government will take action against any persons linked to the Mumbai terror attacks [Images] if it is given evidence of their involvement.

"Pakistan has offered to conduct a joint investigation into the Mumbai attacks but we have received no response from the Indian side," he said.

Gilani said he hoped the Indian government will act responsibly and not resort to any aggression.




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