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Pakistan to frame effective strategy to tackle terrorism during Pranab visit

Source: PTI
May 14, 2008 23:44 IST
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Condemning the deadly bomb attacks in Jaipur, Pakistan on Wednesday said it will use External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Islamabad in May to frame an effective strategy to counter terrorism.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also promised renewed efforts to counter threats posed by terrorists and unscrupulous elements.

"Pakistan and India enjoy good relations and efforts will be made during Mukherjee's visit to Islamabad on May 21 to prepare an effective strategy to counter the threat of terrorism," Qureshi told media-persons after the concluding ceremony of a three-day 'urs' at the shrine of Hazrat Shah Rukn-e-Alam in Multan.

"Pakistan's will and commitment to counter terrorist forces remains intact and the country is committed to the fight against terrorism,"  Qureshi said.

In a separate statement, leading Pakistani rights activist Ansar Burney strongly condemned the bomb blasts in Jaipur, describing them as an attack on the whole of humanity.

"Terrorists are the killers of humanity and should face justice without any delay. These explosions went off near a packed Hindu temple in Jaipur, killing dozens of innocents," Burney said adding "I am shocked to hear about the sad news of terrorism in India and would like to assure my full support to India against terrorism and extremism in the so-called name of religion or boundaries."

Burney, a member of the advisory committee of the UN Human Rights Council and a former human rights Minister, said both India and Pakistan are facing extremism and terrorism and this is the right time for them to come closer and fight  against the menace together.

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