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Pak is the epicentre of terrorism, says PM

india Updated: Dec 12, 2008 00:27 IST
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Thursday that Pakistan was the "epicentre" of global terrorism and the world needed to deal with it "sternly and effectively".

"We have to galvanise the international community into dealing sternly and effectively with the epicentre of terrorism which is located in Pakistan," he said in a strong speech heard in admiring silence in the Lok Sabha and on live television across the country.

"The infrastructure of terrorism has to be dismantled permanently. This is for the good of the entire world community including the well- being of the people of Pakistan themselves," he said at the end of a day-long debate on the Mumbai terror attacks in parliament.

Ironically, Leader of Opposition LK Advani had also described Pakistan as the "epicentre of terrorism" in his speech earlier in the day.