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Pakistan is not to blame for terrorist attacks in Afghanistan: PM

11-12-2010 16:49 BJT

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has told a U.S. congressional delegation that Afghan Taliban militants are crossing the border into Pakistan to carry out terrorist action despite deployment of NATO-led forces on Pakistan-Afghan border.

Speaking to the delegation led by Senator John McCain on Thursday night, the prime minister said Pakistan is not to blame for providing safe heaven to terrorists when they are believed to infiltrate Afghanistan in the presence of Allied Forces to carry out nefarious activities and return safely to their so-called sanctuaries.

"He reminded the U.S. senators that the world had forgotten the presence of 3.5 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan and the fact that more than 50,000 people cross Pakistan-Afghan border every day," a statement issued by the PM's office said.

Gilani said Pakistan's repeated request for the introduction of Biometric System and establishment of checkpoints on the border have failed to elicit a positive response from the Allied Forces and the Afghan government.

"Resultantly, the movement of undesirable elements in the guise of ordinary people and Afghan refugees across the border continues unabated," he said.

Gilani hoped that Pakistan's proposal in this regard and for shifting of Afghan refugees back to their homeland would be given serious consideration by the United States and the world at large which he said can drastically reduce the incidence of terror on both sides of the border.

The prime minister stated that instead of indulging in blame games, the allied countries particularly the U.S. should deliver on its long standing commitment to build the capacity of Pakistan' s law enforcement agencies; provide the requisite equipment and technology to Pakistan's armed forces and share real time intelligence with Pakistan to enable it to defeat the common enemy.

He termed illiteracy, poverty and under-development as the root causes of extremism and terrorism and urged the U.S. administration and Congress to help Pakistan address these fundamental issues.

Also on Thursday night, Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for a deadly bomb attack on a police building in Karachi, killing at least 30 people and injuring over 150 others. Gilani strongly condemned the attack and ordered an immediate inquiry.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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