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59 terror camps active across LoC: Mukherjee

India has often accused Pak of failing to deliver on its Jan 2003 commitment that it would not be aiding terrorists.

india Updated: May 09, 2006 22:07 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Stating that 59 terrorist training camps were operational across the Line of Control (LoC), Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday asked Pakistan to demolish the infrastructure of support for terrorists.

Mukherjee also said the Al-Qaeda had 'always been a threat to India no matter where it was based'.

Briefing the media at the airport after visiting Kulhand in Doda district and Basantgarh in Udhampur district where terrorists had killed 32 Hindus last week, he said that he would like to remind Pakistan that terrorists "are not the friends of anybody. Cross-border terrorism had no affiliation and terrorists are a menace for the world."

Pakistan should not allow terrorists to use its territory, and their infrastructure should be demolished so that a message is sent out that terrorists have no support, he added.

New Delhi has often accused Islamabad of failing to deliver on its January 2003 commitment that it would not allow terrorists to operate from its territories. Pakistan denies the Indian charge.

Stating that he did not want to interfere in the internal affairs of Pakistan, Mukherjee said that no state should support terrorism as part of state policy. "If it does, it will have to pay the penalty," he said in reply to a question.