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Don't threaten us over 26/11, Pak minister tells India

October 22, 2009 12:35 IST

Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik, it seems, is now unable handle the pressure being applied by India to urge Islamabad to act sincerely in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case.

Malik went on the counter-offensive during an interaction with media persons after attending a meeting to review the security arrangements of educational institutions, and said that 'enough is enough, India should now stop blaming Pakistan for the Mumbai attacks.' "We have been continuously accused (of involvement in the Mumbai attacks by India) ... enough is enough," The Daily Times quoted Malik, as saying.

Commenting on the Mumbai attack trial, Malik once again accused India of being unsupportive in the 26/11 probe and said that the government would not hesitate to detain Hafiz Saeed, Lashkar-e-Tayiba founder and the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks, if it gathers sufficient proof against him.

"Pakistan would definitely take action against Hafiz Saeed if he was found guilty, but the government could not take action against any citizen of the country without solid proof against him," Malik said. Malik said that Islamabad not only has substantial proof regarding New Delhi's involvement in fanning the Baloch insurgency, but it also has evidence about India's hand in terror activities across Pakistan. "We have solid evidence that not only in Balochistan but India is involved in almost every terrorist activity in Pakistan," he added.

Referring to recent apprehensions raised by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram over Pakistan's deteriorating scenario, Malik asked his Indian counterpart to solve his internal issues first and then accuse the neighbouring country.

" Chidambaram should first take care of his own country and then blame Pakistan. Don't threaten us. We can give better ones to you," Malik said. He said New Delhi should arrest the culprits of the Samjhauta Express bombing, and the assassins of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi instead of blaming Pakistan for being incapable of coping with terrorists.

Malik stressed that Islamabad's demand for the resumption of the composite dialogue between both countries should not be considered as its 'weakness'. "If we talk about composite dialogue, they should not consider it our weakness at all. We are a nuclear state and not so weak. We better know how to retaliate," he added.

Source: ANI