New Delhi, Nov 28 (UNI) Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi today assured India of Pakistan's full cooperation in tackling terrorism, saying that there was zero tolerance level to terrorism in Islamabad.
"The perpetrators are neither your, nor our friends," he told reporters during a visit to New Delhi that was scheduled prior to the November 26 attacks.
On the issue of terrorism, he said Pakistan was of the view that the issue should be looked at over a larger canvas.
"Countries west of us have also to be engaged in dealing with the terror." He informed that on December 14, Pakistan had been invited to attend a conference which would be attended by among others India and China focused on the issue.
He said no country could remain immune from terrorism. he had proposed the Intelligence Chiefs meet, set up a hotline between the chiefs and the National Security Advisers so that we can gather and share information and deal with the menace.
"Today, Indian is mourning, yesterday we were mourning. So let us approach these difficult times with a new spirit", he said and offered cooperation from the IWPC forum.
"Pakistan will offer cooperation at every level," he assured, adding that the militant organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba had been banned and its assets frozen by the Asif Ali Zardari government.
Conveying his condolence to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Leader of the Opposition L K Advani for the unprecedented attack on Mumbai, he, however, said terrorism was not confined to Pakistan alone. When attacks took place in Iraq or in Afghanistan, the attackers were not trained in Islamabad, he claimed.
Regarding the Taliban, he was categorical that the taliban forces did not want modernity and were as much a threat to his government as to any other dispensation.
He said his country wanted a peaceful, negotiated dialogue on the Kashmir issue which was time consuming but had still opted for it. At the same time, he pointed out, resolution of the Kashmir issue was in India's interest saying there was a large element in the Kashmir valley which had a different point of view and could not be overlooked.
"This is an international network, a global issue and needs to be tackled in cooperation by all countries," he added.
In this context, he said the Pakistani government was talking to an umbrella organisation that refers to all madrasas in his country, and looking into their curriculum.
"Overwhelmingly it was found that madarasas were just imparting education and were not involved in militant activities." UNI SD SB RAI2133