Pakistan is committed to working with India to root out terrorism, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said, insisting that the two countries can play “a decisive role together” for peace and stability in the region.
“We show our firm resolve to cooperate with India and the international community to work together to end this menace (terrorism),” Malik said in a message posted on micro-blogging website Twitter last evening.
“Terrorism can only be eliminated when all countries work together with a collective responsibility to fight terrorism.”
Malik appreciated his Indian counterpart P Chidambaram’s remarks linking the bomb attacks in Mumbai on July 13 to a “home-grown” terrorist module.
“I condemn the recent acts of terrorism by the local home-grown terrorists in Bombay, on peaceful and innocent people,” he tweeted.
The Pakistani Interior Minister contended that Pakistan and India “can play a great and decisive role together for peace and stability of this region”.
“The people of Pakistan and India are suffering from home-grown terrorism. Extremism, in all its forms, needs to end,” he said.
Malik called for an “open discussion” on the issue and sought “honest suggestions” to ensure a “terrorism-free region”.
He wished Chidambaram the “best of luck in dealing with terrorists who are enemies of humanity”.
“I (have) great trust in his abilities (and) wisdom,” He he said.
Malik was, however, silent on Chidambaram’s recent call for Pakistan to ensure the speedy prosecution of the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Economic Times