Pak not serious to dismantle terror: Antony
Accusing Pakistan of not making any serious attempt to dismantle terror infrastructure, India on Wednesday said this was a cause for "major worry" and it will examine all the "available, possible options".delhi Updated: Jan 07, 2009 20:31 IST
Accusing Pakistan of not making any serious attempt to dismantle terror infrastructure, India on Wednesday said this was a cause for "major worry" and it will examine all the "available, possible options".
Sending a tough message a day after PM Manmohan Singh spoke of involvement of Pakistan's state agencies in the Mumbai terror attack, Defence Minister AK Antony said "we will do everything to prevent" such attacks.
"There is no serious attempt to dismantle terror outfits working across the border. This is our major worry," Antony told reporters on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi.
"We will examine all the available, possible options," he said without elaborating.
The minister expressed New Delhi's apprehensions of stepped-up infiltration from across the borders in Jammu and Kashmir in the summer months.
"Even in winters militants have infiltrated into Jammu and Kashmir. It is biting cold now. Militants will step up infiltration into J&K from now. Summers will see heightened infiltration. So armed forces should remain vigilant," he said.
Stating that it was Pakistan's duty to "book" those people, who supported terrorists during the Mumbai attacks on November 26 last, the Defence Minister said the neighbour should also dismantle the over 30 terror outfits working from its soil.
"To prevent the repetition of infiltration and terror incidents, two things needed to be done. Those people, who gave support to terrorists in the 26/11 attack in Mumbai should be booked. The over 30 terror outfits working from across the border should be dismantled. It is Pakistan's duty," he said.
Antony said India has not set any time limit for Pakistan(to dismantle terror infrastructure). However, New Delhi expected the world to react on the evidences that was shared with them on the Mumbai attacks.
"We have some evidence. Not only India, even some other countries have some evidence. We have shown this evidence to other countries. They world has to react to these evidence. I hope the world will react," he said.
Asked about the security forces' operation against holed-up militants in Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir, Antony said he had discussed it with the three Services chiefs in the morning and that they were sure of flushing out the militants soon.
To another query, he said the armed forces had a plan and had worked out a strategy against the holed-up militants, but the basis approach was to minimise casualty within the security forces' ranks.
On the day's meeting of the Kendriya Sainik Welfare Board, Antony said it was decided to provide re-employment training to all the 60,000 armed forces personnel, who retired from service at a very young age annually, to improve the career opportunities in both the private and public sector.
The meeting, Antony said, also decided to start 196 additional polyclinics countrywide under the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS).
He also requested the State governments to extend support to solve the grievances and problems of ex-servicemen within their respective jurisdiction.