Sharif would talk to India if Mumbai like attacks took place in Pakistan

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Lahore, Apr. 12 : While India has taken a tough stance scrapping all bilateral talks with Pakistan in the wake of the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks ,former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that he would have initiated talks with the neighbouring country if such an incident had occurred on his own soil.

"If I were the prime minister, I would have seen how concerned India was and what India's involvement was. I would find out if India was responsible or non-state actors in India were actually trying to subvert relations between the two countries. And if I came to the conclusion that there are non-state actors operating within India, then I would have sat down with India," The Daily Times quoted Sharif, as saying.

Sharif said he would have worked to chalk out a strategy to thwart all steps which threatened peace between India and Pakistan.

Sharif blamed the eight year long dictatorial rule of Pervez Musharraf for the present precarious condition in the country.

"Dictatorship was an excellent breeding ground for radicalism and terrorism," he added.

Sharif also dispelled the rumours about him having personal animosity with President Asif Ali Zardari.

When enquired about the fears of the Taliban taking over the country, Sharif said he he did not fear a larger Talibanisation of Pakistan. (ANI)