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Durrani says charges against him 'incorrect'

world Updated: Jan 08, 2009 23:05 IST

Mahmud Ali Durrani, sacked from the post of National Security Advisor for confirming Mumbai attacker Ajmal Kasab's Pakistani nationality to the media, on Thursday said the charges levelled against him were "incorrect" and his conscience was "clear".

A day after he was unceremoniously removed by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Durrani said he always had the best interests of Pakistan in his mind.

An angry Gilani sacked Durrani for his "irresponsible behaviour" and for failing to take the government into confidence on national security issues. Official sources said the move came after Durrani told the media that a preliminary probe had established that Kasab is a Pakistani national.

Durrani told Geo News channel on Thursday that he had not told any foreign TV news channel that all 10 terrorists involved in the Mumbai attacks were Pakistanis.

He said the charges levelled against him were "incorrect".

Durrani also said that his conscience was "clear" as he had always tried to do everything possible in the interest of Pakistan.

The sacking is said to have caused differences between Gilani and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, who had hand-picked Durrani for the job last year.