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A Pakistani foreign office spokesman Thursday said that there was no terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan.

In an online briefing to the journalists, the spokesman refuted Indian media claims that terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan was the biggest threat to global peace, according to official Associated Press of Pakistan (APP).

"Terrorism is a global issue. Terrorist elements are found in every society and religion," the spokesman said, "Pakistan, India and other countries of the region need to follow a cooperative, and not accusatory approach to jointly deal with this menace."

The spokesman said Pakistan as a responsible state was taking all requisite steps to counter terrorism which the international community recognized and appreciated.

He said Pakistan was ready to cooperate with India in investigating the Mumbai terrorist attacks.

About the accusations of Indian foreign minister that Islamabad was "resorting to a policy of denial and deflect blame and responsibility," the spokesman said Pakistan did not want to indulge in blame game.

"Pakistan believes that the two countries need to demonstrate restraint and responsibility," he said.

He said Pakistan had sincerely offered cooperation in investigating the Mumbai tragedy and was awaiting response to its concrete proposals of joint investigations and high-level visit.

"We also await evidence from India to enable our own investigations to make progress," he said.

To a question if any evidence on Mumbai attacks has been shared by the United States and United Kingdom with Pakistan, he said Pakistan was still waiting for any concrete information or evidence on the incident.

The spokesman said Pakistan was currently carrying out its own internal investigations to ascertain whether the only suspected arrested alive in Mumbai attacks was from Pakistan.

(Xinhua News Agency January 2, 2009)

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