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  • Pranab visit to be used to frame strategy against terror: Pak

    Islamabad (PTI): Condemning the deadly bomb attacks in Jaipur, Pakistan on Wednesday said it will use External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's visit here this month to frame an "effective strategy" to counter terrorism.

    Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also promised renewed efforts to counter threats posed by terrorists and unscrupulous elements.

    Pakistan and India enjoy good relations and efforts will be made during Mukherjee's visit to Islamabad on May 21 to prepare an "effective strategy to counter the threat of terrorism", he told reporters after the concluding ceremony of a three-day 'urs' at the shrine of Hazrat Shah Rukn-e-Alam in Multan.

    Pakistan's will and commitment to counter terrorist forces remain intact and the country is committed to the fight against terrorism, he said.

    Expressing deep grief at the terrorist attacks in Jaipur, Qureshi offered his condolences to the bereaved families.

    Earlier, while leading prayers to mark the conclusion of the 'urs' of Hazrat Shah Rukn-e-Alam, a renowned saint of South Asia, Qureshi, who is also the caretaker of the shrine, prayed that god should give families affected by the bomb blasts in Jaipur courage to bear their loss.

    At least 63 people were killed in the bomb blasts in the old quarter of Jaipur last night.

    Qureshi also prayed for the early recovery and rehabilitation of the survivors of the earthquake in China and the cyclone in Myanmar.

    In a separate statement, leading Pakistani rights activist Ansar Burney strongly condemned the bomb blasts in Jaipur, describing them as an attack on the whole of humanity.

    "Terrorists are the killers of humanity and should face justice without any delay. These explosions went off near a packed Hindu temple in Jaipur, killing dozens of innocents," he said.

    "I am shocked to hear about the sad news of terrorism in India and would like to assure my full support to India against terrorism and extremism in the so-called name of religion or boundaries."

    Burney, a member of the advisory committee of the UN Human Rights Council and a former human rights Minister, said both India and Pakistan are facing extremism and terrorism and this is the right time for them to come closer and fight together against the menaces.

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