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‘Not a normal situation’

world Updated: Mar 04, 2009 00:41 IST
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It's a state of war. That's how Interior Minister adviser Rehman Malik described the situation in Pakistan after the terrorist strike. "This is not a normal law and order situation," Malik said at a press interaction in Islamabad. "Pakistan is under continuous aggressions."

As one journalist demanded to know whether Mailk would quit in the wake of the Lahore attack, the security czar promised to flush out terrorists from the country.

Insisting that he alone had the official standing to speak with authority on the post-attack scenario, Malik stopped short
of blaming India for the Lahore attack. "At this point of time, I am not naming any one country."

Has India done it? "There is a foreign hand," he said, but did not elaborate.

Malik, who revealed that a large number of arms and ammunition had been recovered from the 12 terrorists who attacked the Sri Lankan team, also said that several suspects had been detained in connection with the incident. He said a high-powered investigative team had been given 48 hours to probe the attack and submit a preliminary report.