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'Pakistan is the centre of world terrorism'

December 18, 2008
Describing Pakistan as the centre of world terrorism, renowned author Salman Rushdie has slammed Islamabad for its 'cynical denial' that the terrorists involved in the Mumbai attacks were not its nationals.

Participating in a panel discussion at the Asia Society in New York on Wednesday, Rushdie said the terror attacks in Mumbai were marked by brutality by the attackers and the incompetence of government and security agencies in responding to them.

Besides Rushdie, the panelists included former Bernard Schwartz Fellow Mira Kamdar, who lost her cousin and her cousin's husband in the Mumbai attacks, Suketu Mehta, author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found and Rome Hartman, executive producer, BBC.

During the discussion, panelists agreed that all roads of terrorism lead to Pakistan and expressed scepticism about Islamabad dismantling terror groups.

Photographs: Paresh Gandhi | Text: Dharam Shourie/PTI

Image: Salman Rushdie, Mira Kamdar, Suketu Mehta and Rome Hartman at the discussion at the Asia Society in New York

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