Prime Minister Manmohan Singh indicated here on Thursday that increased international pressure would be mounted on Pakistan to take action against terrorists for the recent attacks in Mumbai.
“We have taken several measures to strengthen national security and we will continue to work with the international community to ensure that there are no safe havens and launching pads for terrorists,” he said.
External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee regretted that the reaction of the Pakistani government to the evidence sent by India on the Mumbai terror attack had so far been a “consistent flip-flop”.
Even a month after the terrorist operation, “there continues to be recalcitrance in bringing the perpetrators to justice,” Mukherjee said.
Singh and Mukherjee were addressing the gathering on the first day of the three-day 7th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Non-Resident Indians’ Day) at the Chennai Trade Centre on the city’s outskirts.
The Prime Minister said: “It is a grim reminder of the grave threat posed by extremism and terrorism to our pluralistic and liberal traditions. There are many who would not like India to succeed. But we have shown over and over again that we will not allow the forces of terrorism and extremism to destabilise us.”
Despite the global economic downturn, the Prime Minister was optimistic that this year India would achieve a 7 per cent growth rate, which will be among the highest in the world. This was because much of India's growth “is internally driven and I expect we can maintain a strong pace of growth in coming years”, he said.
Addressing the congregation, Mukherjee said India’s investigations into the Mumbai attacks were “vastly facilitated by the fact that we have one of the terrorists in physical custody”.
The apprehended terrorist “told us quite categorically where he comes from, where he has received military and arms training from and where his handlers are located”, the minister said.
He appealed to the Indian diaspora, “as our ambassadors abroad”, to do much more to bring sensitivity in multiple corners of the globe to put down terrorism.