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Pak probing 26/11: Zardari to Brown

Pakistan was 'seriously focussing' on the investigation into the Mumbai attacks but its ties with India could not be held hostage to the 26/11 probe, President Asif Ali Zardari said during a meeting with British Premier Gordon Brown in London.

world Updated: Aug 28, 2009 19:25 IST

Pakistan was "seriously focussing" on the investigation into the Mumbai attacks but its ties with India could not be held hostage to the 26/11 probe, President Asif Ali Zardari said during a meeting with British Premier Gordon Brown in London on Friday.

Zardari, who is in Britain on a three-day visit, met Brown at 10, Downing Street and told him that Pakistan was "seriously focussing on the Mumbai attacks' probe."

"...But as agreed in the joint statement at Sharm el-Sheikh (after a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani), the bilateral relations between the two countries could not be held hostage to the Mumbai probe," Zardari said during the meeting.

A statement issued by presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar in Islamabad quoted Zardari as saying that the joint statement of Sharm el-Sheikh "should provide necessary impetus for the resumption of the Pakistan-India dialogue."
The joint statement last month had said that "action on terrorism should not be linked to the composite dialogue process and these should not be bracketed."

The two Prime Ministers had agreed that "terrorism is the main threat to both countries." They also decided that both would "share real time, credible and actionable information on any future terrorist threats."

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