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January 5, 2000
Britain too refuses to brand Pak a terrorist state
Britain on Wednesday followed the United States in refusing to declare Pakistan a terrorist state for its alleged role in the hijacking of the Indian Airlines flight IC-814 on Christmas Eve.
''It is not UK government's practice to designate states in that way,'' British High-commissioner to India Sir Rob Young told newspersons in Delhi Wednesday in response to Prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's call to the international community for designating Pakistan a terrorist state.
However, Sir Young stated that British government condemns terrorism in all its forms and therefore condemned the hijack.
''We were in close touch with the Indian authorities and had also raised the issue with Pakistan authorities urging them to use their influence for the safe return of hostages.'' he said.
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