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Pakistan condemns terrorist activities: Gilani

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Nov 28, IRNA
Pakistan-Mumbai Attacks-Condemnation
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said Pakistan is a victim of terrorism and shares India's sorrow over loss of life in the Mumbai attacks.

He told CNN in an interview that terrorism is a menace facing the world and called for collective efforts to combat it.

Pakistan, he underscored, is on the forefront of the struggle against terrorism.

Prime Minister Gilani said Pakistan itself was a victim of terrorism and extremism and its people were the victims.

"I have also lost my own leader Benazir Bhutto ... and therefore we are totally against it," Gilani said.

"As a front line (state), we are fighting against terrorism and extremism, and that is -- we are paying a heavy price for that," he said in response to a question.

Offering his condolences over the loss of life in series of Mumbai attacks, the prime minister said he was "really hurt" that more than 101 innocent people have been killed. About 270-plus people have been injured in the attacks. "I think this is a hideous crime and we condemn it and I think this terrorism is a menace to the whole world and therefore we have to work jointly to combat terrorism and extremism."

"And from the people of Pakistan, and from the government of Pakistan, I really want to share the sorrows with the people of India and the government of India." Meanwhile, CNN in its report aired on Thursday afternoon said there is "absolutely no evidence that corroborates or substantiates (insinuations) that these militants (who carried out Mumbai attacks) had any connection with Pakistan."

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