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India wants Pak to take concrete steps to combat militancy emanating from its soil

June 16, 2011 - On board Special Aircraft

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has said that India has repeatedly brought into notice about the militant training camps that still exist in Pakistan, and hoped that the country would take effectual steps to combat against militancy.

Talking over the various militants group that exist in Pakistan, Krishna on Wednesday said while returning from Astana: "Well I think it will have to be assessed that the question still remains very much unanswered that there are training camps still in Pakistan and we have repeatedly brought into the notice of the Government of Pakistan that these terror training outfits will have to be abandoned.

He further said: "I do not know the effective steps that government of Pakistan has taken to demolish and to dismantle this terror motivating structures."

Krishna also added on the question of militants" conspiracy that the Government of Pakistan assured Indian that they would look into the matter seriously and will not encourage such practice against India.

Commenting on terror emanating from other neighbouring countries of India, he said: "Well as far as Bangladesh is concerned, I think the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina came to India and Foreign Minister (of Bangladesh) Dipu Moni came a couple of times to India.

"We have a very extensive discussion about terror and about which they seem to have the same kind of assessment that we have in India and they have assured Bangladesh in particular has assured that the territory of Bangladesh will not be used, will not be allowed to be used for any anti-India activities," said Krishna.

He also added that Bangladesh"s Prime Minister and its Foreign Minister have visited India many times to resolve the vital issues of militancy and smuggling across the border.

On Monday (May 23) American citizen David Headley"s long-awaited testimony had tied Pakistan"s intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate (ISI) to the November 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people.

He had admitted scouting targets for the Mumbai attacks by Pakistani militants, testified in a Chicago court that the plot was hatched with the cooperation of at least one Pakistani intelligence official and a navy frogman.

Headley"s trial comes at a time of growing discord in the US about Pakistan"s commitment to fight terrorism after the US discovered and killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a compound near the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

Formerly known as Daood Sayed Gilani, Headley conspired with the Lashkar-e-Taiba and ex-military officers of Pakistan to launch the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

He was arrested in October 2009 and since his arrest and subsequent guilty plea, Headley has been cooperating with U.S. and Indian authorities, and has yielded much information about his associates.

On the stand as a star witness against his childhood friend, Tahawwur Rana, a Pakistan-born Canadian citizen, Headley said he was recruited by the Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and shuttled between India, Pakistan and the United States performing surveillance and briefing his contacts and Rana.

The 50-year-old Headley said he was introduced to a retired Pakistani military officer at a mosque, and reported regularly to his LeT handlers and an ISI officer named "Major Iqbal."

Rana, also 50, is accused of using his immigration services firm in Chicago to provide a cover for Headley"s surveillance work and to be a conduit for communication with militants. By Praful Kumar Singh


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