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Pakistan assures help in London blasts probe

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 15, IRNA
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Pakistan has promised to assist Britain in the ongoing investigation of July 7 bombings in London.

In a telephone conversation with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday evening, Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf said that Islamabad will provide `full support and assistance' in the probe, it was officially announced.

Mr Musharraf also expressed shock and condolences on behalf of the people and government of Pakistan over last Thursday's bombings, which resulted in the death of over fifty people.

"Prime Minister Blair thanked the President and Government of Pakistan for their unequivocal support.

"He appreciated the crucial role Pakistan has played in the international fight against terror," an official statement said.

Pakistan on Thursday said it had not received any information from Britain about travel to Pakistan by the alleged attackers who are introduced as Pakistani citizens.

"According to reports the suspects are all British nationals," Foreign Office Spokesman Jalil Abbas Jillani said.

New York Times reported on Wednesday that British authorities are seeking access to Zeeshan Haider, a 25-year-old British national arrested in May near the Pakistani northern city of Peshawar.

"Pakistan has been cooperating with Britain in campaign against international terrorism," he said adding that it has cooperated with more than 48 countries on intelligence sharing mechanism including Britain.

Pakistan's Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao said on Wednesday that a terror attack was thwarted in Britain before the May general elections in that country and that arrests were made in several countries because of help from Pakistan's government.

He did not elaborate on the issue.

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