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Manmohan's remark on attacks uncalled for, says Pakistan

world Updated: Aug 17, 2009 23:03 IST
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Pakistan said on Monday Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's remark about the possibility of another 26/11 - style attack "was uncalled for".

"I think (Singh's) statement was uncalled for and it would have been better if he had not made such a statement because Pakistan and India are moving towards better relations, especially after the meetings (between the Indian premier and President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani)," Minister of State for Information Sumsam Ali Bukhari told reporters in Karachi.

"As Pakistanis, we would not want any problems to occur anywhere. We are ourselves victims of terrorism," Bukhari said in response to a question about Singh's remarks.

Earlier in the day, Manmohan Singh at a meeting of chief ministers on internal security said: "Coming to specific challenges, cross-border terrorism remains a most pervasive threat. We have put in place additional measures after the Mumbai terrorist attack in November last year. But there is need for continued vigilance."

"There is credible information of ongoing plans of terrorist groups in Pakistan to carry out fresh attacks. The area of operation of these terrorists today extends far beyond the confines of Jammu and Kashmir and covers all parts of our country," Manmohan Singh said.

Calling for a coordinated response by both the central government and the states, the prime minister said more was needed to be done to shore up intelligence systems and to speed up the response to terrorist attacks.