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Organisers of 26/11 are 'clients' of ISI: India

Source: PTI
February 05, 2009 20:03 IST
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Describing the organisers of the 26/11 and Kabul embassy attacks as "clients and creations" of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, India has said those behind the carnages are known to prepare for strikes across the world and cautioned against any compromise with such forces.

India also indicated its opposition to the sale of arms to Pakistan by the United States and others in the name of fight against terrorism and extremism, saying such supplies were totally unrelated to the objective meant for and rather acts as "whisky to an alcoholic, a drug reinforcing an addiction".

Addressing an international conference in Paris on Wenesday, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon said "We, in India, are next to the epicentre of international terrorism in Pakistan."

"India has directly suffered the consequences of linkages and relationships among terrorist organisations, their support structures, official sponsors and funding mechanisms, which transcend national borders but operate within them," Menon said in a clear reference to Pakistan.

"Any compromise with such forces, howsoever, pragmatic or opportune it might appear momentarily, will only encourages them," the foreign secretary said at the Institute Francais des Relations Internationales.

Referring to the Mumbai terror strikes and the Kabul embassy attack last July, Menon said "In each case, the perpetrators planned, trained and launched their attacks from Pakistan, and the organisers were and remain clients and creations of the ISI."

The foreign secretary said two months after the Mumbai attacks and one month after India presented a dossier of evidence linking the attacks to elements in Pakistan, India still awaits a response from the Pakistani authorities, and prevarication continues.

Describing Pakistan as a fragile and unfinished polity, Menon said, "There is much that the international community can do to help."

Underlining that India was seeking a peaceful periphery in its own interest, he said New Delhi will work with all those in Pakistan and the international community.

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