Pak Govt. shouldn’t let someone spoil relations: Shivraj Patil on Durrani assertion

New Delhi [India], Mar. 6 : Responding to Pakistan's former national security advisor Mahmud Ali Durrani's claim that 26/11 Mumbai attacks was carried out by Pakistan-based terror group, former home minister Shivraj Patil said India was aware of it, adding that Pakistan government shouldn't allow someone spoil relations between the two countries.

"We knew this. The Pakistan Government has questioned several times as to how they were held responsible for non-state actors," Patil, who was the Home Minister at the time of the 26/11 attack, told ANI.

"The Pakistan Government shouldn't allow someone spoil relations between two countries to an extent that it leads to something fierce," he added.

Earlier in the day, Durrani said the Mumbai terror attack was carried out by a terror outfit based in Pakistan and added that it was a classic trans-border terrorist event.

"The 26/11 Mumbai attack, carried out by a terror group based in Pakistan, is an example of a classic trans-border terrorist event," he said while speaking at the 19th Asian Security Conference being held at the Institute of Defence and Studies and Analyses.

He said that because he held on this view, the government was not too pleased and it could one of reasons why he lost his job as the National Security Advisor (NSA).

Durrani also said that Jamaat-ud-Dawachief Hafiz Saeed had no utility and Pakistan should act against him.

Mahmud Ali Durrani, a retired army general, was the National Security Advisor to the Pakistani government when 10 Pakistani terrorists sneaked into Mumbai after hijacking a boat and killed at least 164 people and wounding 308 across the city.

Source: ANI