Pakistani PM calls for joint efforts to fight terrorism
MALAYSIA: Pakistan on Wednesday called for an end to the blame game
and focus on the war against terrorism, brushing aside allegations of
its involvement in the bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul.
In what was generally seen as a reference to Pakistan, an Afghan
presidential spokesman had said on Tuesday the suicide bomb attack in
the Afghan capital bore all the hallmarks of a foreign intelligence
The allegation came after Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani
had denied his country’s involvement in the attack, in response to
earlier Afghan accusations.
“We all have to fight against terrorism and extremism. And we should
not put excuses, rather we should jointly fight this war,” Gillani told
a select group of reporters in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.
Afghanistan has accused Pakistani agents of being behind the April
assassination attempt on President Hamid Karzai, a mass jail break in
Kandahar last month and a string of other attacks.
Karzai threatened last month to send troops across the border to
attack militants if Pakistan did not take action. Gillani, who was in
Kuala Lumpur to attend a summit of Islamic countries, also blamed the
trouble in Afghanistan for some of Pakistan’s own problems.
“If there is any one bomb, that means there will be less investment,
and that is because we are fighting against terrorism and extremism in
the forefront,” he said.
KUALA LUMPUR, Wednesday, Reuters