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The terrorists could have come from our soil: Pakistan
December 30, 2008 23:13 IST
Last Updated: December 31, 2008 13:49 IST
After weeks of denying the possibility, Pakistan turned around on its position -- admitting to CNN-IBN that some or all of the terrorists who carried out the 26th November attacks on Mumbai -- could have been Pakistani nationals.
When asked if he would admit that Kasab [Images] and some or all of the 10 attackers could have been Pakistani, Durrani said "could be�could be- that's all I will say as of now, while the investigations are still being completed".
Clling for calm, Durrani appealed for India and Pakistan to work together to "remove the menace of terror" from this region of the world.
The full transcript of the interview with Anubha Bhonsle and Suhasini Haidar:
A: We have got that letter. I have seen that letter. We have been provided some intelligence information and based on these intelligence information we are working out. We are trying to investigate on our own, we are looking at what you have given us and trying to connect the dots but it takes time and to convict somebody if there is proper proof in the court of law you need more than this that all I don't think there is denial. There is nothing wrong everything is right that's not true we have this problem between our two countries there could be possible connection and we are looking at that could be ill not say more than that because we don't have to say this but we don't have proof.
"Could be�could be- that's all I will say as of now, while the investigations are still being completed".
Mr Durrani, that is the big news point you are giving us. We also saw the Foreign Minister Quresihi today telling India to de-escalate - to stand down from bases- but the impression worldwide and in Delhi is quite the reverse- that Pakistan, not India has moved troops to its eastern border, diverted airstrike capability, and raised the war alert?
Well, I would like to say that we are not mobilised we are not on a high alert... yes some elements of our military would be on high alert because the worry is that probably there has been limited amount of mobilisation from India this is our assessment and to protect our self there was a level of alert not more than�It was a reaction more than an action.
No, no, I think that is a bit of an unfair comment. I think Indian people are like people of Pakistan they have been violated by terrorists. I can see their anger but all I am trying to draw attention of the Indian nation that Pakistan has been violated far more aggressively by terrorists, So pushing Pakistan into a corner is only going to play in the hands to bad guys in the hands of terrorist we need to cooperate we need to work together we need to we need get over on mistrust that have been haunted us for years.
Lets not fool us sometimes what distrust does it you put 2 n 2 together and instead of making 4 you make 22 unfortunately that is what happening now.
For example, take Masood Azhar now genuinely we want to take hold of him but he has vanished we don't know where he is what is wrong in that I mean you don't you trust us in that . Similary there are other you know lot of things are said in Indian media particularly your kind of media and so people react here and similarly there is something said there people react there but really I think what we need to cool down little bit and see what the problem is. The problem is terrorism and they are enemies of India and they are enemies of Pakistan. We need to put our heads together, we need to join our hands to get rid of this menace from the region of the world. Don't push Pak into a corner and work with them. I mean let us cooperate.
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