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Pakistan sacks security adviser

Former Pakistan national security advisor Mehmood Ali Durrani in London (27/12/2007)
Mr Durrani was accused of a "lack of coordination" on security matters

Pakistan has sacked its national security adviser as tensions continue between Islamabad and India over November's attacks in Mumbai.

Mehmood Ali Durrani was officially accused of showing "irresponsible behaviour" and a "lack of coordination" on security matters.

A BBC correspondent says the main accusation appears to be that he failed to share information with politicians.

Islamabad has confirmed the only gunman to survive Mumbai is a Pakistani.

More than 170 people died when 10 gunmen attacked Mumbai on 26 November.

The BBC's Charles Haviland in Islamabad notes that Mr Durrani, a retired general, was sacked just hours after the official confirmation that gunman Ajmal Qasab was a Pakistani citizen.


An official statement from the prime minister's office spoke in general terms but blamed Mr Durrani's "irresponsible behaviour for not taking the prime minister and other stakeholders into confidence, and a lack of coordination on matters of national security".

Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab
Gunman Ajmal Kasab is the only surviving attacker

Information Minister Sherry Rehman told the BBC that Ajmal Qasab was a Pakistani citizen.

For weeks, Islamabad had refused to confirm his identity, saying his name was not listed in the national database of citizens.

It is the first time Pakistan has acknowledged any links to the gunmen.

The gunman was detained on the first night of the attacks and faces charges in India of murder, attempted murder, waging war against a country and criminal conspiracy.

India says all 10 gunmen were from the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

India has provided Pakistan with a dossier of evidence which, it says, links the Mumbai attackers to elements in Pakistan.

On Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that because of the "sophistication and military precision of the attack it must have had the support of some official agencies in Pakistan".

Pakistan rejected Mr Singh's allegations and accused India of raising regional tension.

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