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Pak gives list of terror camps in India

india Updated: Jul 29, 2006 21:41 IST
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In an ironic twist to India's long-standing complaint of terror camps existing on its soil, Pakistan on Saturday said it has given a list of terrorist training camps in India and expected New Delhi to dismantle them.

"We have given the list (of terrorist training camps) to India and we would expect India to dismantle them," Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said.

She was reacting to an interview given by Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma to a TV channel during which he said that next Foreign Secretary-level talks were unlikely till Islamabad takes "some action" against training camps operating from Pakistani soil.

Aslam said that the allegation about existence of 52 terror training camps on Pakistani soil was "a figment of imagination".

In the interview, Sharma said "dismantling of the training camps.....And also extradition of those we have named. We are not saying 'till then' India does not talk like that".

Noting that talks could take place when Pakistan realises the need to take firm action, he said "at least, some action should be there".

"Talks cannot be ritualistic. Talks have to be sincere. We are committed to a sincere process for the restoration of peace and normalcy in the region. Pakistan has to demonstrate its commitment and sincerity. That can be only by fulfilling the assurances which they have given. I am very clear on that", he said.

Observing that Pakistan has to do something to improve the environment, he said "we have not vitiated the environment. We can't be held responsible for what is happening now".

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