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Remove mistrust, put Mumbai attacks behind: Pak NSA

December 30, 2008 19:56 IST

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Seeking friendly ties with India, Pakistan's National Security Adviser Mahmud Ali Durrani on Tuesday said both countries need to 'remove the mistrust and put behind' the Mumbai [Images] attacks to jointly fight terrorism.

"We want a nice friendly relationship with India so that we can both live in peace. This is not only good for the two countries, but good for the whole region," Durrani said.

"We are not making any demands, we are only suggesting that let's put this behind us and jointly fight this menace," he said during an interview with a TV channel.

He blamed the media for creating 'unnecessary hype' about tensions in Pak-India ties.

"The media is creating, with due respect to you, an unnecessary hype. Two hundred people have died in Bombay, which is very sad, which is tragic and we condemn it totally.

"We are ready to crack down on everybody who is a terrorist. I think Pakistan is already doing a lot. We will do more and it is in the interest of Pakistan. We will follow international norms and conduct," he said.

Durrani also maintained that Pakistani forces had 'hardly been escalated' along the border, as reported in the media.

"We have to remove the mistrust. That is the whole bottomline," the Pakistani official said.

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