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International support for defusing Indo-Pak tension

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ISLAMABAD: International suppor have started coming activly to defuse tension between Pakistan and India that created after Mumbai carnage. According to sources, UK Foreign Minister David Milliband, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and French President Nicolas Sarkozi phoned Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and exchanged theirs views concerning the tension between the two arch rivals Pakistan and India followed by the Mumbai terrorist incident.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday evening.The two leaders discussed the prevailing situation in the region and bilateral ties.Prime Minister Brown offered the services of his government to help reduce tension between India and Pakistan as a result of the recent developments.

China has assured full moral, financial and material support to Pakistan in the wake of situation arose after terrorist attacks in Mumbai (India). China in a message to Pakistan’s top slot said that the country would assist Pakistan in any situation to overcome the problems and challenges being faced by it. The Chinese leadership is in constant contact with Pakistan to know the nature of assistance the latter requires and ensure its immediate availability.

President?elect Barack Obama on Monday said the United States will be engaged in “very delicate diplomacy” with regard to situation in South Asia following last week’s Mumbai attacks and sounded confident that the Pakistani government would follow its commitment to cooperate with the investigation. Obama, who unveiled his top national security team in Chicago, said he has been closely following the situation in the aftermath of the attacks.

“We are going to be engaged in some very delicate diplomacy in the next several days and weeks,” said Obama, who assumes presidential powers on January 20, 2009.

At the same time, he reiterated that the U.S. has one president at a time.

“I would be monitoring the situation closely, thus far I think the (George Bush) administration has done what is needed and try to get details of the situation and my expectation is that President (Asif Ali) Zardari of Pakistan, who has already said he will fully cooperate with the investigation, will follow through that commitment.”

He reiterated his incoming administration’s resolve to curb extremism with a comprehensive approach, combining security, political, diplomatic and economic elements.

“What I can say unequivocally is that both myself and my team that stands beside me are absolutely committed to eliminating the threat of terrorism and that is true wherever it is found. We cannot tolerate a world in which innocents are being killed by extremists based on twisted ideologies. And we are going to bring the full force of our power not only military but also diplomatic, political and economic to deal with those threats not only to keep Americans safe but also to ensure that peace and prosperity can exist around the world.” Obama said he has spoken to the Indian Prime Minister and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has briefed him about the situation.

It is pertinent to mention that relation between India and Pakistan has been deteriorating after Indian accusation of Pakistani involvement in Mumbai incident. According to a press relies from Awan-e-Sadar that in these telephonic talks various issues have been discussed. The President also accepted the invitation of France tour from his French counterpart and his tour to France is expected in January

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