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Jaish says it will not target Vajpayee in Pakistan

"He is Pakistan's guest. Our people will not touch him," Sahrai Baba, a spokesman for Jaish-e-Mohammed, said.

world Updated: Jan 03, 2004 16:53 IST

As Pakistan prepares to host a regional summit, one of the terrorist groups said on Saturday it will not target Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajapyee during his stay in Pakistan.

"He is Pakistan's guest. Our people will not touch him," Sahrai Baba, a spokesman for Jaish-e-Mohammed, told The Associated Press by phone. Baba is in hiding at an undisclosed location.

The same group is believed to have been behind at least one of two attempts last month to assassinate Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, though Baba has denied its involvement.

First Published: Jan 03, 2004 16:53 IST