Pakistan Blames 'Non-State Actors' For Attacks

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The windows on the first floor of the Taj Mahal hotel shatter after the use of a grenade launcher in Mumbai, India, Nov. 28, 2008. (AP PHOTO)

Islamabad, Pakistan (AP) Pakistan's president denies any government connection to terrorists who attacked India's financial capital and he's pledged to work toward good relations between the two neighbors.

Tensions between the nuclear-armed nations flared after the attacks last week in Mumbai that killed at least 172 people and wounded 239 others.

A top Indian police officer said yesterday he believed the attackers were from a group long seen as a creation of the Pakistani Intelligence Service to help fight India in the disputed Kashmir region.

Other Indian leaders have blamed “elements in Pakistan” for the attack, but have not said whether they believe the terrorists had the backing of any state agencies.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, in an interview with Arj Television, called the terrorists “non-state actors.”

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