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Pak plans to create mayhem in India: HM
Published on 25 Oct. 2009 10:50 PM IST
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Pakistan-based terror organisations Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen are planning to infiltrate terrorists into India to “create mayhem”, Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Sunday, asserting that the country’s security forces were, however, prepared to meet any external threat. He said Pakistan has no will to prosecute and punish the perpetrators of last year’s Mumbai attacks and voiced concern over the spread of Taliban in that country, apprehending that the danger could spread to the rest of South Asia including India. “We go by the information or intelligence that we are able to gather. Our assessment of the inputs flowing into India is that the LeT, the JeM and the Hizbul Mujahideen are planning to infiltrate terrorists into India. “Now obviously they are not trying to infiltrate for tourism purposes. They are being infiltrated to India to create mayhem here. Therefore, we say that the threat level has not diminished. That is what the Prime Minister said (in the Commanders Conference). There are many attempts which have been foiled even before they could (materialise),” he said in an interview. Asked how well prepared the country was to meet terrorism inspired from across the border, Chidambaram said, “We are prepared to meet any external threat. As I said, we are building capacity every day, every week, every month. But, in today’s world, being vigilant and alert is a 24/7 function.” So the danger remains and we are getting better prepared? Chidambaram was asked. He replied, “I cannot do anything to the source of the threat that is emanating from another country. I can only make my best effort to building capacity in this country to meet any terror threat or terror attack, which is what we are doing.” In reply to a query on the lack of seriousness on Pakistan’s part to bring to book the masterminds of the Mumbai attack based in that country and what was the way out to pressure Islamabad, he said there was no way out. “It is quite clear that the Pakistan government has no intention and certainly no will to prosecute and punish Hafiz Sayeed (founder-chief of LeT) and a few others who we know only by their code names or pseudonyms -- Major General Saab, Kafa or Kaka, Salahuddin. We don’t know who they are but we know that they played an active part in the training of the 10 terrorists who were despatched to India.” Chidambaram said the Pakistan government certainly has no will to prosecute and punish them. Now, even the judge named for the trial has let the cat out of the bag by saying why would a judge quit unless he was under pressure from “wrong quarters”, reported ZeeNews. He was referring to the decision of a judge of a Lahore court hearing the case against Hafiz Sayeed under terrorism charges, who had a few days ago quit his post. “I have always been very skeptical about the Pakistan government’s attitude to punishing the perpetrators of the 26/11 outrage. I remain skeptical. There is nothing more I can do except when there is an opportunity to highlight it so that the world takes notice of Pakistan’s intransigence or incapacity,” the Home Minister said. He gave this reply when he was asked about his open expression of helplessness with Pakistan some time ago when he had said that would be the last time he would be answering questions from Pakistan on dossiers India had supplied regarding the Mumbai attacks. To a question on the spurt in terrorism within Pakistan, at India’s doorstep Lahore, Islamabad and other places and whether it was a real danger to India, Chidambaram said, “I feel very sad for Pakistan. I also feel deeply concerned for the whole of South Asia. It appears that the Taliban or whoever the groups are can strike at will anywhere in Pakistan -- Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Islamabad. “If this is not contained, the danger can spread to the rest of South Asia. Obviously, India could at sometime in the future become a target.”

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