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Pak epicentre of terror, says PM

india Updated: Apr 02, 2009 01:37 IST
Vijay Dutt

Declaring Pakistan as the “epicentre” of world terrorism, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday accused its government for failing to control “terrorism and all its instrumentalists”.

“They are either not able to control them or they are not willing to control them,” he said in an interview to the Financial Times ahead of his meeting with US President Barack Obama on Thursday.

He said Pakistan had not been able to curb the activities of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba. “The proof of pudding is in the eating. That the attacks on Mumbai were planned and acted upon in Pakistani territory is now admitted by everybody, including the intelligence agencies of developed countries,” he said.

He stressed the world had a responsibility to see that Pakistan lived up to the promise that it would not allow its territory to be used to promote acts of terror directed against India.

“Despite many promises made by Pakistan since 2004 to my predecessor and to me that Pakistan will not be allowed to be used to undertake acts of terror against India, in practice no effective action has been taken to control terror,” the Prime Minister said.

“In the past, it has been our experience that there are elements in the armed forces of Pakistan, some segments of the ISI involved in perpetrating acts of terror,” Singh said.

Reiterating that India is a victim of terrorism, he warned: “The entire civilised world faced a grave security threat from terrorism. Our main security threat is no different from your main security threat.”

Singh said there was a need for an international “umpire” to ensure that rich nations are fulfilling their pledges. The IMF needs a new monitoring body — an “expert crew” — to ensure that any stimulus packages agreed by the Group of 20 leaders meeting in London are “sustained and maintained” next year.

(With inputs from agencies)