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Pak vows to book 26/11 perpetrators
Published on 14 Apr. 2010 12:44 AM IST
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Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has vowed to bring to justice those responsible for the Mumbai attacks after US President Barack Obama conveyed to him India’s concerns on the issue.
Following his meeting with Obama on Sunday, Gilani said he believed that those responsible for the 2008 terrorist assault on India’s financial hub should be punished.
“Certainly, I am against terrorism and always of the opinion that those who are the culprit, they should be brought to justice,” the Premier said at a dinner he hosted for the Pakistani media. Briefing reporters on the Obama-Gilani meeting, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the US President had brought up some of the issues he discussed with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
“President Obama told us he believes Mr Singh is sincere in his desire to engage Pakistan... But Mr Singh also wants Pakistan to bring to justice those responsible for the Mumbai attacks,” Qureshi said.
Obama told Gilani that he too believed any action against the Mumbai suspects would be a positive step, he said.
During his meeting with Obama, Singh also raised the issue of direct access to Mumbai attacks plotter and Pakistani-American LeT operative David Headley and said the US military aid to Islamabad would ultimately be used against India and spoke of Pakistan-backed groups trying to oust New Delhi from Afghanistan.
According to Pakistani officials, Obama did not raise any of these issues in his meeting with Gilani.
Nuclear security centre
Underlining New Delhi’s “impeccable record” in non-proliferation, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday unveiled an ambitious plan to set up a global centre for nuclear security in India and called for “zero tolerance” for those engaged in trafficking of nuclear materials.
“I am happy to announce on this occasion that we have decided to set up a Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership in India,” Manmohan Singh told 47 world leaders gathered at the Nuclear Security Summit.
The new centre will consist of four schools dealing with Advanced Nuclear Energy System Studies, Nuclear Security, Radiation Safety, and the application of Radioisotopes and Radiation Technology in the areas of healthcare, agriculture and food.
It will conduct research and development of design systems that are intrinsically safe, secure, proliferation resistant and sustainable.
“We would welcome participation in this venture by your countries, the IAEA and the world to make this Centre’s work a success,” said Manmohan Singh in his intervention.
“The world community should join hands to eliminate the risk of sensitive and valuable materials and technologies falling into hands of terrorists and illicit traffickers,” he said.
“There should be zero tolerance for individuals and groups which engage in illegal trafficking in nuclear items,” Manmohan Singh stressed.

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