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IAF tests war readiness near Pak border
POKHRAN, Mar 1 (Agencies):
Published on 2 Mar. 2010 12:52 AM IST
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Fighter jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF) pounded mock enemy bunkers close to the Pakistan border on Sunday in a show of air power at a time when the two nuclear-armed rivals are trying to improve relations. The exercise was watched by military attaches from about 30 countries but not Pakistan and China, neighbours who would be keen to take a look at India’s military firepower. Last week saw the first official talks between India and Pakistan since the militant attacks in Mumbai in 2008. The talks ended with an agreement to keep in touch, signalling relations remain fraught despite a desire to reopen a dialogue that India suspended after the Mumbai killings. India’s defence minister said despite Pakistan promising action against militants, he was concerned about training camps in Pakistan and the threat they posed to India’s security. “Our real concern is the existence of armed terrorist camps intact across our borders. We feel there is no serious attempt or effort to dismantle these terrorist camps. So we are concerned, we are very worried about that,” Defence Minister A.K. Antony, told reporters at Pokhran on the sidelines of the war exercise. Antony said it remained to be seen whether Pakistan takes action against the groups now. The United States wants to see ties improve between India and Pakistan, who have fought three wars since 1947, so Pakistan can focus on fighting militants on its Afghan border.

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