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Pakistan should take courage, dismantle terror facilities: Pranab

India today said unless Pakistan completely dismantles the terrorism infrastructure on its territory, incidents like the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore would continue to take place. External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Pakistan must "take courage in both hands" to tackle the terrorism infrastructure.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2009 15:27 IST

India on Tuesday said unless Pakistan completely dismantles the terrorism infrastructure on its territory, incidents like the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore would continue to take place.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters in New Delhi that Pakistan must "take courage in both hands" to tackle the terrorism infrastructure and appealed to the international community to act to address terrorism, which he described as the "biggest menace" in the world today.

Reacting to the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore's Gaddafi stadium, in which six players were injured, Mukherjee said: "The terrorism infrastructure facilities available in Pakistan must be completely dismantled and the perpetrators (of the attacks) brought to justice, otherwise perpetration of these types of incidents will take place.

"I request the Pakistani authorities not to divert the attention of the international community, but to take courage in both hands and dismantle the terrorism infrastructure and take stiff measures against the perpetrators. Only then will such issues be adequately addressed."

"The international community will have to address the issue of terrorism," Mukherjee said, adding "terrorism is taking place in different parts of the world. Terrorism is the biggest menace in the post World War II era and should be tackled."