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India expresses shock, sadness

As terrorists in Pakistan struck at a security facility some 10 kilometres from the Indian border on Monday, New Delhi promptly ramped up security along the international boundary, but sought to deny Islamabad any diplomatic advantage, rejecting parallels with the Mumbai terror attack.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2009 00:01 IST
HT Correspondents

As terrorists in Pakistan struck at a security facility some 10 kilometres from the Indian border on Monday, New Delhi promptly ramped up security along the international boundary, but sought to deny Islamabad any diplomatic advantage, rejecting parallels with the Mumbai terror attack.

India’s security establishment said the country was prepared to deal with any spillover effects due to the terrorist activities across the border but made it clear that instability across the border could create problems for India.

Instability in Pakistan affects India, Army vice chief Lieutenant General Noble Thamburaj later said, articulating concerns that had figured prominently at a meeting of the union cabinet earlier in the day.

At the cabinet meeting hours earlier, several members including the Prime Minister were eager to know if the Pakistani authorities were in control of the situation.

Border Security Force officials said they have been on high alert over the past weeks, more so after intelligence reports suggested terrorist groups could try to infiltrate through the western borders.

Union home minister P Chidambaram had also reviewed security along the border to drive home this message.

“There can be no parallel. The only commonality is that they are terror attacks. In the case of Mumbai, the source is known to be Pakistani soil. We don't know about the (source of) Lahore attack,” Chidambaram said.