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    PM rules out US-type operation in Pakistan

    Kabul: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is in Kabul where he has had a joint press conference with President Hamid Karzai reiterating India's commitment to Kabul.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who on Thursday, demanded a thorough investigation into the presence of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan for several years, but ruled out a US-type operation by India to eliminate Pakistan-based terrorists wanted by it.

    "One needs to go for a thorough investigation into the presence of Osama bin Laden for such a long time on the soil of Abbottabad," he said at a joint press conference here with Afghan President Hamid Karzai after their talks.

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that Afghanistan always said that it was not a safe haven for terrorists like Osama bin Laden and now after the US Navy SEALs killed him in Pakistan last week, Karzai was proved right.

    Karzai said, "We have been proved right that Afghanistan was not a safe haven (for terrorists)....Countries of this region must united and fight terrorism...No country can fight terrorism alone....We need to have friendly relations with the countries in the region."

    The killing of bin Laden was a "unique moment" in the history of the region, added Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who arrived in Kabul earlier on a two-day visit amidst highest levels of security.

    Asked if India would adopt the type of operation that the US carried out to eliminate the al Qaeda chief, in order to get Pakistan-based terrorists wanted by it, Singh began by saying "these are sensitive issues and we don't discuss
    strategies on terror in press conferences".

    The Prime Minister concluded his response by stating, "I would like to say India is not like the United States," in a clear indication that he did not not favour such an operation.

    Singh also assured the people of Afghanistan that India would always support the nation in it's peace-keeping endeavours.

    "We strongly support the Afghan people's quest at peace and reconciliation. India supports firmly the unity, integrity and prosperity of Afghanistan," said Singh.

    With inputs from PTI