July 2004 News

Terror Infrastructure Still Exists In Pak: Armitage

14 July 2004
The Hindu

New Delhi: Shortly before flying to Islamabad, US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, on Wednesday said terrorist infrastructure still exists in Pakistan and stressed that infiltration, which continues, should end. 'Clearly, all the infrastructure that supports cross- border terrorism has not been dismantled.. some has been dismantled,' Armitage said at a press conference here when asked whether the US was convinced that Pakistan had dismantled terrorist infrastructure existing on its soil. On India's concerns about continued infiltration, he said 'any level of infiltration is too much from our point of view. There is infiltration. You get various opinions here about whether it is up or down. It is down probably. But the point is not to have it at all.' On the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, he said, after his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, that 'people are still dying. It is not acceptable.' During his hectic day-long schedule, Armitage also had meetings with External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee, National Security Adviser J N Dixit, besides holding extensive parleys with Foreign Secretary Shashank. The first senior member of the Bush Administration to visit India after the new Government assumed office here, Armitage also met Leader of Opposition L K Advani. To a question, he said he had not made any request for Indian troops to Iraq. 'I made no request at all for the troops,' he said, adding the Indian Government has indicated ways in which it will be helpful.


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