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Pakistan action against terror an eyewash: India

india Updated: Jan 19, 2009 15:14 IST

Terming Pakistan's action against terrorism as an 'eyewash', India on Monday said the civilian government there was "not strong enough" to act against terror on its own.

"What they are doing right now is not enough. It looks like an eyewash. I think the civilian power centre in Pakistan is not strong enough to act on its own. We are not confident and happy over the steps taken so far," Union Minister of State for Defence M M Pallam Raju told reporters during his visit to annual NCC Republic Day parade camp.

Raju did not agree that Pakistan was cracking under international pressure on India's demand for taking action against the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks saying, "Unfortunately in Pakistan, there are multiple power centres to crack down and unfortunately the civilian government is not one of the more powerful centres."

He said the civilian government will have to convince other power centres to act against terrorists there.

"It (civilian government) has to act fast and convince other power structures to act against terror as both countries are suffering because of terrorism," Raju said.

He said if Pakistan did not do enough, India will have to take actions on its own.

On the action taken till now by the government, Raju said, "As a responsible nation, we are building enough international pressure to force Pakistan to act otherwise we will have to take measures to defend ourselves."