'Pak not behind Mumbai attacks'

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Jammu, Nov 29: National Conference chief ministerial candidate Farooq Abdullah on Saturday, Nov 29 said Pakistan is not involved in Mumbai incidents in which 195 people were killed and over 295 were injured.

''How can Pakistan be involved in Mumbai terrorist attacks when their Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi himself was on a three-day visit to India to discuss terrorism and other issues,'' Dr Abdullah told mediapersons at a press conference here today. Dr Abdullah, who remained three times Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, said Pakistan was also suffering in the hands of militancy and both India and Pakistan should unite to counter terrorism.

The Member of Parliament further said terrorism was a disease, which is spreading worldwide and asserted, ''the creators of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jasih-e-Mohammad (JeM) are now themselves helpless as it is out of their control too.'' He said those who created the tiger, now cannot ride on it while he also advocated joint mechanism policy to fight militancy.

Dr Abdullah added, ''India alone cannot fight terrorism. A meeting of supreme powers, including China, US, France, and Britain, should be called by the United Nations and a way out should be found to firmly counter terrorism.'' ''This is not the time to blame one or the other but to strictly curb the menace of terrorism across the world,'' Dr Abdullah opined.


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