Strongly condemning the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday said both India and Pakistan should pool in resources to fight terrorism, “our common enemy”.
“I was horrified and shocked. We (Pakistan) have been living with this horror on daily basis back home,” Qureshi told reporters on the sidelines of the International Conference on Cooperative Development, Peace and Security in South Asia.
He even suggested “a hotline” so that security advisers of both the countries could support and co-operate each other.
“India and Pakistan have a common enemy — the extremism which we both are facing. The need of the hour is to pool our resources to fight this enemy,” Qureshi said, adding that both countries need to transform from being nations at conflict to nations in co-operation, he added.
“I am here to bridge the gaps but the real question which needs to be answered is whether we are ready to avail the opportunity.”
Qureshi said there was now a consensus among different political factions, including both the Opposition and the ruling parties, on “political will” to also resolve the various contentious issues, besides combating terrorism.
Reacting to allegations that it was being seen as a Pakistan-sponsored attack, he said there was a need to shun this practice of “knee-jerk reactions and jumping to conclusions”.
“In such times there is a need to be cautious while making any comment. Revelations in the Samjhauta blast incidence points towards being cautious in making any comment (in such a situation).”
Addressing the conference, Qureshi said both governments were contemplating on having a joint anti-terrorism mechanism to fight what is being termed as common enemy of both the nations.
“While deliberating on the issue of terrorism with Minister of External Affairs India Pranab Mukherjee, I even suggested of devising a mechanism where the intelligence of both the countries can have direct contact apart from having hotlines.”