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India may snap trade ties with Pak
LONDON, JAN 13 (IANS/PTI):
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Published on 14 Jan. 2009 12:59 AM IST
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India could cut off business, transport and tourist links with Pakistan and isolate it from the rest of the world if it fails to help probe the Mumbai terrorist attacks, Home Minister P. Chidambaram has warned. “There are many, many links between India and Pakistan, and if Pakistan does not cooperate and does not help to bring the perpetrators to heel, those ties will become weaker and weaker and one day snap,” Chidambaram told The Times newspaper in an interview. Asked what Pakistan was doing to help with the investigation, Chidambaram said: “Zero. What have they provided? Nothing.” Ten gunmen struck key places in Mumbai Nov 26 and killed more than 170 people, including 26 foreigners. India has maintained the terrorists were from Pakistan, but Islamabad has sought more evidence. India last week handed over a dossier of evidence to Pakistan, but is yet to receive any response. “Why would we entertain Pakistani business people? Why would we entertain tourists in India? Why would we send tourists there?” the home minister asked. He refused to discuss when such measures might be introduced, but said: “We need cooperation soon.” Chidambaram briefed Britain’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who arrived in New Delhi Tuesday on a four-day official visit, on the progress in the 26/11 investigations. Meet to speed up NSG hubs Home Minister P. Chidambaram today met the chiefs of the Army and the NSG to speed up the process of setting up National Security Guard (NSG) hubs in the country and make the ones in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad operational in the first phase. In the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks, the government has decided to immediately set up NSG hubs in the four metros followed by more such hubs in virtually every state capital. During the hour-long meeting, Chidambaram also discussed the provision of trained anti-terrorist forces for cities like Bangalore not covered in the first list. The home minister had earlier said that certain cities that will not have NSG hubs will be covered by a trained anti-terrorist force provided by defence forces -- for example, Bangalore will be covered by the Special Forces of the Army’s Parachute Regiment. The Regiment’s headquarters is in Bangalore and it has seven Special Forces battalions under its command. These SF troops are deployed to carry out action against terrorists in the North-east and Jammu and Kashmir. In the course of time, more NSG hubs will be set up in different parts of the country and ultimately there will be a hub in virtually every state capital, the Home Minister has said. Till then states have been asked to raise and deploy their own anti-terrorist forces and the Centre has promised to offer them all the help. Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor and NSG Chief J K Dutt were accompanied by their senior officials. Sources said Gen Kapoor spoke of shortage of hands to help in setting up such hubs.

 
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