Rattled by a wave of suicide bombings, Pakistan government has said that such attacks were perpetrated by people from within the country and not by Indians or Americans, a rare candid statement from authorities in Islamabad.
Those carrying out terrorist attacks in Pakistan are neither Indians nor Americans, Interior Ministry chief Advisor Rehman Malik told a seminar organised in Lahore on Saturday by a society affiliated to the influential 'Jang Group of Newspapers'.
"Rather, they are our own brethren while those who were urging them to do so were also our own people," Malik was quoted as saying by newspapers. The war on terror would continue "till the last terrorist was eliminated" as it was a war for the survival of the country, he said.
"Our own people are involved in terrorism. However, the arms and rocket launchers seized in tribal areas are coming from across the border (with Afghanistan)," Malik said in an obvious reference to the missile attacks by the US-led forces coalition forces.
Authorities had arrested at least 14 would-be suicide bombers due to effective and improved security measures. Out of 10,000 foreigners who came to Pakistan after the end of the Afghan war against the Soviet Union, 3,000 had married local women in the tribal areas and were "now living as sons-in-law of the tribal people", he said.