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Pakistan minister blames India for Sri Lanka team attack

ISLAMABAD, March 3 (Reuters) - A Pakistani minister accused India of being behind the attack on Sri Lanka’s cricket team in the city of Lahore on Tuesday, saying the attackers had crossed into Pakistan from India.

“The evidence which we have got shows that these terrorists entered from across the border from India,” Sardar Nabil Ahmed Gabol, minister of state for shipping, told private Geo television. “This was a conspiracy to defame Pakistan internationally.”

“This incident took place in reaction to 26/11,” he said referring to the Mumbai attacks in November in which at least 170 people were killed. “It is a declaration of open war on Pakistan by India,” said the minister, who is not one of the government’s official spokesmen, but belongs to President Asif Ali Zardari’s party.

Reporting by Zeeshan Haider; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore; +92 51 281 0017; Reuters Messaging: