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'Pakistan must be declared as a terrorist state'

Asking New Delhi to launch diplomatic offensive on Islamabad for its role in Mumbai attacks, a prominent Indo-Canadian business leader has said that Pakistan must be declared a "terrorist state".

world Updated: Jan 01, 2009 07:56 IST

Asking New Delhi to launch diplomatic offensive on Islamabad for its role in Mumbai attacks, a prominent Indo-Canadian business leader has said that Pakistan must be declared a "terrorist state".

India should aggressively pursue anti-terrorism policy and should put more pressure on Islamabad to end cross border terrorism besides harbouring and training terrorists, an Indo-Canadian business leader Hemant Shah said yesterday. He is the Chair India of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

Welcoming India's new terrorist law that came into force yesterday, he said that Pakistan was behaving as "terrorist state" for its support and inaction against terrorist organisations which were acting like "state within state".

India must also demand global economic sanctions against Pakistan for posing a serious threat for international peace and security, Shah said. India should try to avoid war; at the same it looks like that "nobody is in command in Pakistan to carry forward peace talks or even diffuse the situation."

"Pakistan has to get a hand and be able to control organisations that unleash terror, otherwise it should be declared a terrorist state by the international community," he said.

Shah who would be leaving India today to attend the annual Pravasi Bharatiya Divas said that India must launch diplomatic offensive against Pakistan for its role in Mumbai attacks and persuade them to declare it as "terrorist state."
Babasaheb Ubale, former commissioner for Canadian Human Rights Commission, said "Pakistan must be declared as terrorist state for using State power to promote terrorism."

Both the countries have to address some of the concerns jointly such as Mumbai massacre and spread of terrorism but it looks was Pakistan was not serious about India's concerns, he added.