CBMs with India became 'futile' due to Mumbai attacks: Pak PM
Pakistan PM Yusuf Raza Gilani has said all confidence-building measures with India became "futile" in the wake of the Mumbai attacks and insisted that his Govt would probe the matter and punish the guilty according to the laws of the country.world Updated: Feb 08, 2009 10:40 IST
Pakistan Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani has said all confidence-building measures with India became "futile" in the wake of the Mumbai attacks and insisted that his government would probe the matter and whoever was involved would be tried according to the laws of the country.
"We were having excellent relations with India. We were on good terms with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh" until the November 26 attacks, he told Newsweek in an interview in its upcoming issue.
India has blamed Pakistan-based elements, including the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba, for the attacks and is awaiting a response to its dossier on the terror strikes handed over to Islamabad on January 5.
"... With this incident all of our confidence-building measures became futile. Now, you can imagine who is the beneficiary of this -- the terrorists," Gilani said.
"Therefore, I assure you and I assure India and I assure the world that whatever information has been given to us, we will probe into it and whoever was involved we will try according to our laws, and we will not allow our territory to be used for terrorism," he said.
Unlike the previous Musharraf regime, the present democratic government, he said, has the ability to control terrorist groups like Lakshar-e-Toiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawa.
First Published: Feb 08, 2009 10:35 IST