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'Pak militant groups a threat to S Asia'

US intelligence official has asserted that Musharraf made only limited progress in moving Pak down democratic path.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 10:41 IST

Pakistan-based terrorist groups operating in Kashmir pose a persistent threat to stability in South Asia, the United States' top intelligence official has warned.

He called India a "reliable ally" in the fight against global terrorism.

"Pakistani militant groups represent a persistent threat to regional stability and US interests in South Asia and the Near East. They also pose a potential threat to our interests worldwide," National Intelligence Director John Negroponte told US lawmakers on Thursday.

In prepared remarks to the Senate Intelligence Committee examining a range of threats to the US, Negroponte stressed that New Delhi will continue to be a "reliable ally" against global terrorism "in part because India has been a frequent target for Islamic terrorists, mainly in Kashmir."

He also observed that India was seeking to play a key role in fostering democracy in the region, particularly in Nepal and Bangladesh.

Even while referring to Pakistan as a frontline state in the war on terror, Negroponte said Islamabad also remains "a major source of extremism" that poses a threat to General Musharraf, the United States, India and Afghanistan.

Pakistan is the place "where many of our most important interests intersect" the top official pointed out, however, adding that Musharraf has made only "limited progress" in moving his country down a democratic path.

First Published: Feb 03, 2006 09:58 IST