Updated at: 1543 PST, Friday, November 28, 2008
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday extended Pakistan’s support to India in jointly combating extremism and terrorism and offered to send its intelligence chief to help with Mumbai investigation. Prime Minister Gilani telephoned his Indian counterpart Dr. Manmohan Singh and strongly condemned the acts of terrorism in Mumbai.
The Prime Minister expressed sympathy on behalf of the people and government of Pakistan with Indian Prime Minister, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, people of India and the families of those who lost their near and dear ones in “the unfortunate incidents of barbarism.”
Gilani termed the incident “inhuman and condemnable from all aspects.”
He said Pakistan too was a victim of terrorism and appreciated the fact that Indian Prime Minister was the first one to telephone him after the Marriott hotel blast.
“Dr. Singh told the Prime Minister that preliminary reports point towards Karachi and stressed the need for increased intelligence sharing and cooperation in order to evolve a joint strategy against terrorism and extremism,” PM’s spokesman Zahid Bashir told a foreign news agency.
Dr. Singh requested the Prime Minster Gilani to send Director General of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) to India for exchange of information in this regard.
The Prime Minister accepted the request and said that after working out modalities by both the governments, the ISI chief will visit India at the earliest, Bashir said.
The Prime Minister also extended his government’s full support for jointly combating extremism and terrorism and also offered help in investigating the incident.
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