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LONDON (Reuters) – A British Muslim arrested in Pakistan denied on Wednesday having any involvement in suicide bombings on London”s transport network on July 7 in which more than 50 people were killed.

In a letter to Britain”s Daily Telegraph newspaper, Zeeshan Siddiqui rejected reports he had met senior al Qaeda figures and one of the London bombers, Shehzad Tanweer.

Siddiqui had been arrested as a possible so-called &#34missing link&#34 to the four bombers who killed 52 commuters on three London underground trains and a bus, the Telegraph reported.

British police have not charged anyone so far in connection with the July 7 attacks.

&#34I totally condemn these acts of violence,&#34 Siddiqui wrote. &#34I have never taken part in any terrorist activity nor do I support or ever intend to support any terrorist activities.&#34

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, an ally in the U.S.-led war against terrorism, ordered a crackdown on militants after revelations that three of the four London bombers visited Pakistan before the attacks.

The Telegraph said Siddiqui, 25, had been charged by Pakistani authorities only with document forgery and offences related to outstaying his entry visa.

Magistrates in the northwest city of Peshawar had granted Siddiqui bail on September 15, but he remained in jail after failing to give copies of travel documents he says he has lost, said the newspaper.

&#34If I was involved in these bombings I wouldn”t be in Pakistan right now but would be taken to London to face charges,&#34 Siddiqui said in the letter.

&#34If I had any role in the bombings I wouldn”t want to return.&#34

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