“Pakistan is itself facing Mumbai-like attacks almost every other day and when we cannot protect our own citizens, how can we guarantee that there wouldn’t be any more terrorist hits in India,” Gilani was quoted by a source in the media here as having told visiting US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates yesterday.
Gilani said the best safeguard against such incidents is delinking the bilateral peace process from action against terrorism.
The Dawn newspaper reported that the Pakistan Prime Minister told Gates about steps taken against militant groups, saying they had been outlawed and their network disrupted.
In an apparent reference to Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, accused by India of masterminding the Mumbai attacks, Gilani said his government could not prosecute anyone without evidence.
He also sought “even-handedness” by the US in its dealings with Pakistan and India, the daily reported.
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