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Pak min warns of Taliban push into India, offers help

world Updated: Apr 18, 2012 10:39 IST
Zia Haq
Zia Haq
Hindustan Times
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Pakistan interior minister Rehman Malik on Tuesday cautioned India that it should watch out for a surge in extremist activities amid fresh intelligence that the Taliban could be planning to enter the country.

"I can see more extremism (taking place) in India. I have asked our high commissioner in Delhi to call on the Indian defence minister soon and share our inputs,” Malik said.

Pakistan, he said, feared a new cross-border influx of extremists from the Federally Administered Tribal Area province (FATA) and that this could undermine the budding peace process between the two countries.

Pakistani army-led counter-terror forces fighting the Taliban have wrested control of the hostile Swat region, which HT visited a day earlier.

“If there is any spillover (to India), we are fully with India on any help they want,” Malik said.

Asked to elaborate about the intelligence reports, he said: “People are going to India from FATA. Many seem to be going for religious purposes. During routine interrogation, we have come across some indications.”

Defence minister AK Antony had recently said Indian forces were fully prepared to deal with terror spilling over from Pakistan.