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Pakistan does not want war, says Gilani

December 29, 2008 18:51 IST

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Amid strains in ties with India over the Mumbai [Images] attacks, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani [Images] voiced his opposition to war and vowed not to allow his country's soil to be used for terrorism.

"We have never wanted war with anybody... We also want our soil should not be used for terrorism. If our soil is used, NATO forces (based in Afghanistan) will get a chance to react," Gilani said.

Describing Pakistan as a responsible and peaceful nuclear state, he said the country wanted good relations with its neighbours. "We don't want any parallel government in the country and don't want the writ of the government be challenged," he said at the campus of the National University of Science and Technology in Islamabad [Images], without elaborating who he was referring to.

Gilani's comments follow reports that Pakistan is diverting troops from its restive northwest region bordering Afghanistan, where they are engaged in fighting Al-Qaeda [Images] and Taliban [Images] militants, for possible redeployment on the Indian border.

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