December 2001 News

Pak silent on India''s demand to rein in terrorist groups

18 December 2001
The Indian Express

New Delhi: India on Tuesday said there has been ''no credible response'' from Pakistan to its demarche demanding a ban on terrorist outfits Lashkar- e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, in the wake of the attack on Parliament and asked Islamabad to restrain and control their activities. ''There is no credible response from Pakistan'', an External Affairs Ministry spokesperson told reporters when asked about New Delhi''s demarche to Pakistan formally asking it to arrest the leadership of Lashkar and Jaish and freeze the assets of the two outfits. ''There is iron-clad evidence to suggest the involvement of these groups. So their culpability and involvement is crystal clear. The fact that we possess technical evidence of this has been communicated to the Pakistan government,'' she said. The spokesperson said: ''It is Pakistan which has to retrain and control the activities of these terrorist groups'' in that country. Her remarks come close on the heels of US Secretary of State Colin Powell virtually asking India to desist from a military response to terrorist camps across the border in the wake of the attack on Parliament and cautioned tension in Indo- Pak relations has the potential of ''becoming very dangerous''.


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