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Pakistani Leader Issues Warning to India


Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf has warned India against taking any action against Pakistan following accusations that a Pakistan-based guerrilla group is behind this week's deadly attack on the Indian parliament.

Speaking on state-run television, President Musharraf strongly condemned the attack on India's Parliament, describing it as an act of terrorism. He made the statement after India gave him days to act against Kashmiri separatists it blames for Thursday's deadly attack.

"I would like to warn that any adventurism against Pakistan on this issue will be met with force," said General Musharraf. "So I would like to warn against any precipitous action by the Indian government against Pakistan. This would lead to very serious repercussions, and [it] must not be done."

India says there is "technical evidence" that links the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group to the attack, in which 12 people were killed, including the five attackers. The group has denied its involvement. It is one of at least a dozen Muslim groups fighting for Kashmir's independence from India.

General Musharraf says he will punish anyone responsible for the attack in New Delhi, but only when India produces evidence showing the attackers were from Pakistan. "We would not like Pakistan's territory to be used for any such terrorist acts anywhere in the world, including India," he stressed. "We will take action against anybody involved in Pakistan in these acts, if at all proved."

India has long accused Pakistan of arming and training Muslim militants fighting against Indian rule in Kashmir. Pakistan says it gives only moral support to the separatists. Pakistan argues that the mostly Muslim Kashmiris should be allowed to choose whether they want to be governed by India or become part of Pakistan. But New Delhi says the region is an integral part of India. India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir, which remains a major source of military tensions in the region.

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