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Pak must end distinction between good and bad terrorists: Tharoor

india Updated: Oct 19, 2009 22:46 IST

Underlining that New Delhi has not seen any change in Pakistan's attitude towards terrorists working against India, a top Indian minister has said Islamabad must end the distinction between "good and bad terrorists".

"One of the concerns we've had in recent years is that there appears to have been a tendency in some parts of the Pakistani establishment to think there are good terrorists and bad terrorists," said Shahshi Tharoor, the Minister of State for External Affairs.

"The good terrorists are the guys who go off and bomb Indians, and kill Indians in India. And the bad terrorists are the ones who attack Pakistani interests, whether in Afghanistan or inside Pakistan," Tharoor told the CNN in an interview yesterday.

The Congrss Party MP from Thiruvananthapuram said "in other words, you blow up the Taj Mahal Hotel, you're a good guy. You blow up the Marriott in Islamabad, you're a bad guy".

"Now, that sort of distinction -- which I'm not saying is held at the highest levels of government, but certainly has been held in some elements on that side of the border -- that distinction must disappear," asserted Tharoor, the first-time MP from Kerala.