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Gilani echoes Manmohan's statement, rules out war

world Updated: Dec 24, 2008 21:07 IST
Nawaz sharif

Echoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement, his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Wednesday that he too did not think that there would be an Indo-Pak war even as the Pakistani leadership asked India not to underestimate the military might of this country.

Gilani told reporters in Lahore that his analysis was that there would not be a war but Pakistan's armed forces were assessing the situation.
His remarks came a day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made it clear that India did not want a war with Pakistan but asserted that Islamabad should dismantle the "terror machine".

"The issue is not war. Nobody wants war," Singh had said on Tuesday outside Parliament in New Delhi.

At the same time, Gilani accused the Indian government of trying to find a "scapegoat" to cover up for the intelligence failure during the Mumbai terror attack.

A little more strident President Asif Ali Zardari was quoted as having said that India should not underestimate Pakistan's military strength. The armed forces were fully capable of "thwarting any aggression from the east," he said.

Sharif, who had earlier confirmed that the lone captured Mumbai attacker Ajmal Amir Iman was a Pakistani, asked India for evidence or stop creating tensions through "fake allegations."

"Pakistan, as a state and as a government, is not at all involved in the incident. If India provides evidence to Pakistan, the country will look into them and take action," Sharif, the leader of the opposition PML-N, said.