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Perpetrators of 26/11 attacks not friends of Pakistan: Qureshi

world Updated: Oct 08, 2009 01:09 IST

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday said that the perpetrators of 26/11 Mumbai attacks are not friends of Islamabad and such terror organisations need to be checked, curtailed and shut.

"Those who carried out the Mumbai terrorist attack that killed 166 innocent people are not friends of Pakistan," Qureshi, who is on a visit in Washington, said at the Council of Foreign Relations, a Washington-based think tank.

He was replying to questions on what Pakistan has been doing to bring to book those responsible for the attacks.

"In the interest of stability and peace in the region. It is in the interest of Pakistan's enlightened self-interest to normalise and live in peace with India. The Government of Pakistan believes that these organisations have to be checked, curtailed and shut," he said.

Such a statement from the Pakistan foreign minister has come at a time when the Pakistani army has reportedly been
trying to push as many as 60 Taliban militants inside Jammu and Kashmir.

In response to another question, Qureshi said the civilian nuclear deal with India is discriminatory.

"And when you sign agreements that are discriminatory in nature it does not help," Qureshi said in reference to the
Indo-US civilian nuclear deal.