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Pak should join war on terrorism: India

Pakistan Prez was one of the first to condemn the blasts in India.

india Updated: Jul 12, 2006 16:43 IST

India has urged the international community to "speak in one voice" and join the battle against terrorists who killed nearly 190 people and injured hundreds in terror blasts in Mumbai and Srinagar.

"International community has to speak in one voice against terrorism. Pakistan should fully join the battle in isolating and eliminating terrorists," Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma said on Wednesday, a day after the savage blasts ripped apart commuter trains in Mumbai and killed eight tourists in Srinagar.

"The ultimate objective is to ensure that the region does not fall into eternal conflict due to terrorists' designs," an outraged Sharma said.

When asked whether he suspected the hand of terrorists operating from Pakistan to be behind the July 11 blasts, Sharma said: "We have to first ascertain the identity of terrorists and then establish the source of their funding.

There is a global network of militant organisations operating from the Pakistani territory."

"When credible evidence is given to Pakistan, we would expect Pakistan to deliver on their commitment," he said while alluding to the blasts in Varanasi in March this year in which the suspects' connection was traced to militants' outfits operating from Pakistan.

Sharma also lauded the residents of Mumbai for observing "remarkable restraint and maturity" and not responding to the "provocations of terrorists" as it might have led to a backlash from the Muslim community.

India is home to over 140 million Muslims - the world's second largest Muslim population after Indonesia.

"It shows that people of this country do not want to walk into the trap of terrorists," he stressed.

The blasts that shook Mumbai, the country's commercial and entertainment capital and killed over 180 people, have evoked strong condemnation from the US, the 25-nation European Union, Australia and Britain.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was one of the first to condemn the blasts.