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LeT bases must be demolished in Pak: Indian envoy

world Updated: Jan 08, 2009 09:39 IST

Asking Islamabad to end cross-border terrorism, the Consul General of India in Toronto said all the bases of terror outfits in Pakistan must be demolished to maintain international peace and security.

"Islamabad must end cross border terrorism, stop harbouring and training terrorists, and demolish Lashkar-e-Taiba camps completely," Preeti Saran, Consul General of India said while addressing over 100 top executives of Canadian companies at a function yesterday.

"Today the biggest challenge before the international community is to ensure that terror outfits like the LeT are completely dismantled. The sponsors, trainers and financiers of such crimes must be condemned for converting our neighborhood into an epicentre of terrorism. Otherwise this Frankenstein will consume the world," she said.

She said that Pakistan must hand over "conspirators of Mumbai attacks" to face trial in India and comply with its promise to stop terrorist groups from functioning inside its territory.

There was a need for global strategies to fight terrorism, and international community must follow uniform standards, Saran added.

Referring to the current global meltdown, she said that this could be used as an opportunity to introspect and forge a new partnership to deepen economic and educational ties particularly in the field of nuclear energy, infrastructure, and clean coal technology.

Saran said that Ottawa could help New Delhi in meeting its galloping energy requirement as India imports 70 per cent of its fuel requirements.

Describing India as "land of opportunities", she urged Canadian companies to invest in the country and said that this would go a long way to deepen business, educational and political ties.

Canadian companies have huge opportunities in India's infrastructure development sector which needed more than USD 500 billion in the coming years, Saran said and added another major area where Canada could make a big difference to India was higher education.