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'LeT terrorists aren’t going to drive taxis'

world Updated: Jan 17, 2009 14:21 IST
Lashkar terrorists aren’t going to drive taxis: UK MP

The Pakistan-based terror group blamed for the Mumbai attacks, will not give up terrorism if the Kashmir problem were to be solved on Saturday, a senior British MP said on Friday.

“Will Laskhar-e-Tayyeba then go back to driving taxis? Of course they won’t. They have tasted violence,” said Stephen Pound of the ruling Labour Party.

Pound, former chairman of Labour Friends of India, a parliamentary lobby, was speaking after British Foreign Secretary, Miliband, on Thursday upset New Delhi by claiming India needed to resolve the Kashmir dispute in order to combat LeT.

In an interview on BBC Radio, Pound gave the example of how governments in Britain were able to keep discussions going with the Irish Republican Army through the insurgency in Northern Ireland.

Pound said an offer by the Pakistan to share intelligence with New Delhi would have been more “impressive’ had it come from the country’s spy agency.