Pak terror camps a threat: Antony

18 August 2009
The Daily Excelsior


KOCHI: Defence Minister A K Antony today said dozens of terrorist camps are 'functioning actively' in Pakistan along the Indo-Pakistan border and India faced a threat to its security as long as these camps existed. Asked about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's assertions yesterday at the Chief Ministers' conference in Delhi that India had credible information that terrorists based in Pakistan are planning to carry out fresh attacks in India, Antony said 'I have nothing to add to what the Prime Minister had said'. 'What the Prime Minister had said was a fact because even today dozens of terrorist camps are functioning actively in Pakistan soil along the Indo-Pakistan border,' he told reporters on the sidelines of a function at Amrita Hospital here. 'As long as the terrorist camps are functioning in the border areas in Pakistan soil, certainly there is a threat to India, and it is a fact,' the Defence Minister said. Despite India's continuous demand after the 26-11 Mumbai attacks, no concrete steps have been taken to completely dismantle terrorist camps along the border, Antony said. Antony just smiled and left when asked about re-admitting K Muraleedharan, former KPCC president, and son of veteran leader K Karunakaran into the Congress. The Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee on August 7 had decided against re-admitting Muraleedharan,who had quit as NCP State president and expressed his wish to return to Congress. The decision to slam the door on Muraleedharan, former State unit president, who was suspended five years ago for 'anti-party' activities was taken by the KPCC executive meeting. (PTI) | home | state | national | business| editorial | advertisement | sports | photogallery | | international | weather | mailbag | suggestions | search | subscribe | send mail |