'Pak doing "utmost" to prevent acts of terror from its soil'
Pakistan today said it is doing its "utmost" to prevent its territory being used for acts of terrorism and reiterated that the terror attacks in Mumbai were the handiwork of "non-state actors".world Updated: Dec 02, 2008 14:30 IST
Pakistan today said it is doing its "utmost" to prevent its territory being used for acts of terrorism and reiterated that the terror attacks in Mumbai were the handiwork of "non-state actors".
"We believe we are doing our utmost as far as India is concerned," Information Minister Sherry Rehman told reporters outside parliament after a meeting of the parliamentary committee on national security.
Asked about India's demand for the handing over of 20 wanted terrorists, she said: "We have to look at it formally once we receive it (list of terrorists) and we will frame a response to that."
Noting that Pakistan's top leadership had said "non-state actors" were responsible for the attacks in Mumbai, she said the government is "taking all steps within the country and on the borders to ensure that Pakistani territory is not used for terrorism".
India has blamed Pakistan-based elements for carrying out the attacks in Mumbai and asked Islamabad to take action against them. Pakistan has denied the charge and asked India to back up its allegations with evidence.
India yesterday handed over two demarche to Pakistan, asking it to take action against the elements responsible for the attacks.
Rehman said Pakistan wants peace in the region and cannot afford this issue of the Mumbai attacks being "converted into a conflict".
"This democratically elected government has clearly indicated from day one its active desire to make and maintain peace in the region, to foster trade and use people's power to transform relations in the region (and) to transform conflict into concord," she said.