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Pak should ensure militancy not exported from its soil: Sharif

Pakistan should put its "own house in order" in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks and ensure that militancy is not "exported" from its soil to any other country, former premier Nawaz Sharif has said.

world Updated: Mar 13, 2009 21:51 IST

Pakistan should put its "own house in order" in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks and ensure that militancy is not "exported" from its soil to any other country, former premier Nawaz Sharif has said.

"Well, I think we've got to put our own house in order" and when I say this (it) "means that we have to ensure that nothing of this nature is exported to any other country," Sharif told Dawn News in an interview.

The chief of the main Opposition PML-N party was replying to a question on whether the time had come for the Pakistan government and security establishment to go after militants in the country in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks.

"And all those elements who are trying to create a problem for our own country here in Pakistan should also be dealt with," he said adding, "action should be taken against such elements according to the law and constitution".

India has blamed Pakistan-based elements, including the banned Lashker-e-Taiba terror group, for masterminding and coordinating the attacks in Mumbai that killed over 180 people in November last year.

After weeks of denial, Pakistan acknowledged Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist captured for the assault, as a its national.

Pakistani authorities have also detained six suspects. Four of these suspects LeT operatives Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Zarar Shah, Hamad Amin Sadiq and Abu al Qama have been charged under anti-terror and cyber crime laws and are currently in police custody.