Pakistan Will Help India With Investigation

Nov 28, 2008 7:01am

By Habibullah Khan, ABC News Producer Islamabad As news of the coordinated terrorist attacks in Mumbai spread, Pakistanis, like people around the world, closely watched as the events unfolded on their television screens.  And then, as everyone was expecting, the finger of blame started pointing towards Pakistan.  The Pakistani government was swift to condemn the gruesome attacks. Both the president and the prime minister called Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to condemn the violence, and they assured him of their cooperation with the investigation to follow. Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said that "the government will cooperate with India in exposing and apprehending the culprits and the masterminds behind the attack." The chief of Pakistan’s powerful spy agency, ISI, is headed to India to help with the investigations after a request from the Indian government. Many here, however, see the move as a sign of weakness and say Pakistan should avoid such involvement. After all the accusations, Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani met this morning to discuss the situation. The terrorist incident came as both countries were inching toward a broader dialogue to ease tensions between the two countries. In a recent interaction with Indian media, Zardari proposed a no-first-nuclear-strike agreement and said the region must be denuclearized. Pakistan wants to carry forward the peace process and help India with the the investigation but "not at the cost of our dignity," said Marvi Memon, a member of Pakistan’s national assembly. Pakistan’s foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who was in India before the Mumbai incident on a peace initiative, appealed for people "not to politicize" the incident and said "both countries face a common enemy which is terrorisn and they must fight it." However, tensions remain high on both sides of the border, and the blame game between the two countries has raised its ugly head once again.  "Whenever we start making headway in our relationship, the evil hand strikes and takes us back to 1947," Junaid Ali, a businessman from Islamabad, told ABC News, referring to the bloody partition of the British Indian empire. Read more blogs from the ABC News Staff

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