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Pak-Egypt to share information on war against terrorism

27 July, 2005

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao shakes hands with Egyptian Ambassador to Pakistan, Hussain Kamel Hariddy prior to a meeting, at
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ISLAMABAD, July 28 (Online): Pakistan and Egypt on Wednesday agreed to share information regarding war on terrorism besides agreeing to strengthen bilateral relations.

This was decided in a meeting between Egyptian Ambassador to Pakistan Hussain Hariddy who called on the Minister for Interior Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao at his office here. During the meeting Egyptian envoy apprised the Minister for Interior that no Pakistani national is involved in bombing of Sharm Al Sheikh '' Egypt tragedy.

He categorically rejected the media reports linking five missing Pakistanis in blast in Sharm Al Sheikh Egypt. He said that five Pakistanis left hotel uninformed and were missing and we are tracing the where abut of the missing Pakistanis, and every bit of information will be shared with Pakistan.

The Interior Minister told the visiting envoy that Pakistan greatly value its relations with Egyptians brothers. He expressed his grief and sorrow on the tragedy of Sharm Al Sheikh and condoled for the sad event. The Minister for interior apprised the visiting envoy that Pakistan also is a victim of terrorism and the preparations of such heinous acts have no link to Islam.

He added Islam is the religion of peace harmony and love and terrorists have no religion.

He said that such elements are bringing bad name of religion and the countries of their origin and comprising interests of Muslim Ummah at large.

The Minister for interior also thanked the visiting envoy and offered the full cooperation and support for the probe into the tragic incident.

Meanwhile, Talking to BBC radio Information and Broadcasting Minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, ruled out any Pakistani role in the bombings and blamed media for involving Pakistani nationals in Egypt's bomb blast and termed it an attempt to damage Pakistan image.

He observed that media should report reality and stop making speculation about the blast that took scores of innocent lives adding that suspects were born in Egypt and grown up there.

Pakistan continues to play role of frontline state in the war against terrorism as our four hundred security personnel have been killed in our efforts to curb terrorism besides we have apprehended seven hundred terrorists.

To a question the minister said that former rulers of Afghanistan, the Taliban had the support of world community but after 9/11 the world took the U turn and left the Pakistan alone.

The official death toll in the bombings of a hotel area and a local market in Egypt tourist resort stands at 64, but hospital officials say the figure could be as high as 88.

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