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Friday, January 02, 2009

Pakistan hosting 30 terror outfits, says Antony

NEW DELHI: India on Friday made it clear that the key to de-escalation of tension rests squarely with Pakistan taking concrete action on the grou
nd. Rejecting Pakistan’s “advice” for de-activating ground and air troops in forward areas, defence minister A K Antony said Islamabad has no right to give any such suggestion when 30 terror outfits are still active in that country.

The defence minister, who maintained that Indian armed forces were just doing their duty, said there was no noticeable change in the attitude of Pakistan and Indian forces will have to remain alert. “I do not think there is any noticeable change in the attitude of Pakistan.

Statements are not important. Actions are important. They have to prove that they are serious about their commitment to end cross border terrorism,” the minister told reporters on the sidelines of a defence ministry function. Mr Antony also drew attention to the terror machines active in Pakistan. “More than 30 terrorist outfits are still operating in Pakistan, there is no improvement or any change in attitude,” the minister said.

To a question on Pakistan’s suggestion that India should withdraw ground troops and de-activate forward air bases, he said Islamabad has no right to give any such advice. “After 26/11, we must be prepared to meet any eventuality. It is our duty. Armed forces are doing their duty. They are not escalating anything. They are doing their duty. They have to be fully prepared to meet any challenge from any quarter, any threat from any quarter,” the minister said.

The minister also rubbished Pakistan’s claim about unusual troop movement on the borders. “There is no unusual troop movement on our side. They (armed forces) are not lowering their guard”. The tough talk from the minister is not unexpected as there is considerable public outrage over Pakistan’s continued refusal to act against the perpetrators of jihadi crimes.

The defence minister’s assertions came a day after Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi claimed that US President George W Bush’s telephone call to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has helped bring down tensions between the two countries.

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