Maharashtra Chief Minister Initial probe shows no Pakistan link, plus snippets turkish press
‘Initial probe shows no Pakistan link’
ISLAMABAD: Initial investigations have revealed that Pakistan was not involved in Mumbai terrorist attacks, said Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Monday, as officials continued to resign in the wake of the attacks. The chief minister of the Indian state told reporters after a provincial cabinet meeting in Mumbai that the terrorists did not take anybody hostage at the hotels they attacked, PTV reported. The chief minister also said he had offered to resign amid widespread public anger over perceived intelligence and security failures. agencies
Turkish Premier Conducts Telephone Diplomacy Over India – Pakistan Tension After Mumbai Attacks
KIZILCAHAMAM – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has held a round of telephone diplomacy in a bid to ease tension between India and Pakistan after a chain of deadly attacks which killed at least 174 people in Mumbai.
Erdogan telephoned late on Saturday UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert, and British Premier Gordon Brown on Sunday to call for joint action to prevent tensions from escalating.
In related news, Pakistani Premier Yousaf Raza Gilani telephoned Erdogan and conveyed his Turkish counterpart his concerns about the confrontation with India.
Turkish Foreign Ministry On India’s Efforts To Save Turkish Hostages
ANKARA – Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs thanked Friday Indian authorities for their efforts to rescue the Turkish nationals who were trapped in a hotel after the deadly attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai.
Releasing a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that three Turkish nationals, who were taken hostage by Indian terrorists during the attacks, were rescued by Indian security forces on Thursday and Friday.
The statement said that Turkey appreciated Indian authorities’ efforts to rescue the Turkish hostages and their cooperation with the Turkish embassy in New Delhi during the process.