Pakistan 'deeply concerned' about Al Qaeda regrouping

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Islamabad, Apr 3 : Pakistan Foreign Office has expressed its deep concerns about news reports suggesting that international terror organisation Al Qaeda was regrouping itself on its soil.

A few days ago CIA Director Michael Hayden had said that Al Qaeda was regrouping along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border areas.

Foreign Office spokesman Muhammad Sadiq said that Hayden's recent statement was nothing new, and that such statements do not help in tracing such alleged hideouts.

He said that Pakistan would take appropriate action against terrorists if sufficient evidence were provided. "Like any other country, we remain deeply concerned over the possibility of Al Qaeda or any other terrorist entity establishing a sanctuary or regrouping within our territory," the Daily Times quoted FO spokesman Muhammad Sadiq as saying at the regular weekly press briefing.

On reports about possible a change in the country's policies towards Kashmir and Afghanistan, Sadiq said, "I cannot say the policy would be changed but if it is, it would be according to the wishes of the nation and based on consensus."

On the Indian National Security Adviser's accusation that Pakistan was supporting violent groups in India, he said Islamabad strictly follows a policy of non-interference.

Sadiq also said that Pakistan had provided India with a full list of Indian prisoners currently in its jails and that India had done likewise.

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