New York, Feb. 8 (ANI): Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that India and Pakistan shared excellent relations before the Mumbai terror attacks, but the incident made all the confidence-building measures 'futile'.
"We were having excellent relations with India. We were on good terms with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. But with this incident all of our confidence-building measures became futile," Gilani told Newsweek in Davos (Switzerland) during his visit to the World Economic Forum last week.
Gilani said the disruption in confidence-building measures between India and Pakistan would only benefit terrorists, and therefore, Pakistan would assist India in every possible way to bring the culprits of the Mumbai attack to the book.
"Now, you can imagine who is the beneficiary of this-the terrorists. Therefore, I assure you, and I assure India, and I assure the world that whatever information has been given to us, we will probe into it and whoever was involved we will try according to our laws," he said.
Gilani also assured India that his government would not allow Pakistan's territory to be used for terrorism, and unlike Musharraf, his government was actually taking action against terror groups.
"We will not allow our territory to be used for terrorism. We have already arrested the main leaders of Jamaat-ul-Dawa and Lashkar-e-Taiba. We have frozen their accounts and put them in jail and are investigating their affairs," Gilani said.
Gilani admitted that Pakistani economy was facing problems in attracting investment due to the tarnished global image post 26/11.
"When the oil prices went up and the food commodities also went up, we had problems ... We are a frontline state fighting against terrorism and extremism, and we are paying a heavy price for that ... One suicide-bomb attack creates a flight of capital, and no investment. The world should look after us, and the world should know that we are catering to the needs of 3.5 million Afghan refugees," he appealed. (ANI)