India can deal with Mumbai
terror strikes: Pranab
Nov 27 (IANS) India asserted Thursday it had the wherewithal
to deal with the coordinated terror strikes in this commercial
capital, even as it expressed appreciation for the offers
of help that have come in from world capitals.
are monitoring and tackling the situation ourselves and will
bring the culprits to book in no time. However, it is taking
time because we want to avoid civilian casualties," External
Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told a TV news channel by
phone from New Delhi.
minister said that during the day he had received telephone
calls from US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, as also
the foreign ministers of Australia, Canada, Oman and Israel,
as well as the secretary general of the Arab League expressing
solidarity with India and offering support and assistance.
appreciate their gesture," Mukherjee said.
to his discussions Wednesday with his visiting Pakistani counterpart
Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Mukherjee said he had received some
proposals on countering terrorism and these would be given
about reports that naval vessels were chasing two ships that
are suspected to have landed the terrorists in Mumbai, Mukherjee
said: "Detailed information was being collected."