Press Trust of India
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 2:26 PM (New York)
Acknowledging that non-state actors operating from Pakistan were "its responsibility", President Asif Ali Zardari has said that he will not allow the country's soil to be used to launch an attack on any "friend or foe".
"Yes, definitely. I do not shrug away from that position. Anybody from my soil is my responsibility," he told Newsweek magazine when asked to comment about US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice's statement that "non-state" actors on Pakistan's soil are still its responsibility.
Zardari said his administration has started combing the whole region (from where the outlawed Lashkar-e-Taiba operates) for all non-state actors and "we have made certain arrests."
Asked whether he thinks he can shut the LeT down, the President said he will not allow anybody to have the capability to engage in terror attacks.
"Nobody will be allowed to use Pakistan soil for any form of aggression toward any friend or foe," Zardari said.