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'Pak has allowed terror groups to thrive'

Slamming Pakistan for not putting an end to terror groups operating from its soil, Defence Minister AK Antony today said that country has allowed them to thrive, demonstrating no will to act against such outfits.

india Updated: Nov 27, 2009 14:21 IST

Slamming Pakistan for not putting an end to terror groups operating from its soil, Defence Minister AK Antony on Friday said that country has allowed them to thrive, demonstrating no will to act against such outfits.

He also said that the China-Pakistan military nexus is a matter of serious concern.

India needs to "closely monitor" the developments in Pakistan, he said, noting "Islamabad must put an end to terror activities emanating from its soil. However, the terror infrastructure on the ground remains intact and is actually thriving.

"Pakistan is yet to demonstrate any will to take speedy action against terrorists and international criminals," he said speaking at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) founders' day event in New Delhi.

"The nexus between China and Pakistan in the military sphere remains an area of great concern. We have to carry out continuous appraisal of Chinese military capabilities and shape our responses accordingly. At the same time, we need to be vigilant at all times," he said.

However, the defence minister said India was hopeful that China would reciprocate to its initiatives aimed at mutual prosperity and understanding.

"India wants to develop a friendly and cordial relationship with its neighbours including China. We continue our efforts. At the same time, there are issues that are a matter of concern to us," he later told reporters.

Noting that India's profile was growing in the international arena, Antony said other nations were expecting much more from New Delhi for meeting some common challenges.

"We are making sincere and continuous efforts to resolve long-standing issues with our immediate neighbourhood. We have always striven for peaceful relations with all our neighbours. As a vibrant democracy and a prospering economy, we cannot ignore the security calculus in the region," he said.

Antony said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's willingness to resume dialogue with Pakistan must be seen in the context of India's eagerness for peace in the region.