Pakistan offers help in Mumbai attacks probe

11:06, July 17, 2011      

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Pakistan on Saturday offered help to India to probe the July 13 multiple bomb attacks in the Indian commercial center of Mumbai, which killed 18 people and injured over 130 others.

Indian External Affairs Ministry said that the Mumbai attacks will not derail dialogue process with Pakistan and the Foreign Ministers talks will be held in New Delhi later this month.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani had condemned the blasts in Mumbai and expressed distress on the loss of lives and injuries.

The attacks took place as New Delhi and Islamabad hold a series of talks to normalize relations.

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday telephoned Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram assured his Indian counterpart Pakistan's fullest assistance and was confident that the culprits shall be uncovered and brought to book, said the Interior Ministry of Pakistan.

Rehman Malik expressed the hope that cooperation and good neighborly relations between the two countries would continue growing in future due to the noble desire and endeavors of the leadership of the two sides, the Ministry said in a statement.

Rehman Malik offered sympathies on behalf of the Pakistani government to the Indian government and bereaved families of the victims of the tragedy.

The 2008 attacks, which India blamed on Pakistan-based militants, raised tension between the two countries. India had also suspended dialogue process with Pakistan after the Mumbai attacks for nearly four years.

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