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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Information about terror camps given to Pakistan

NEW DELHI (Times of India): The government is disappointed at Islamabad's continuing denial of the presence of and failure to take action against terrorist groups threatening to operate against India from Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), Home Minister Shivraj V Patil said during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha.

Though Musharraf had assured after the Mumbai blasts that it would fully help India to identify terrorist or their organisation if Islamabad was provided with evidence, the External Affairs Ministry spokesman had replied to Musharraf's offer by saying that enough evidence had been handed over to Pakistan in past.

Maintaining that Pakistan has not dismantled the terror infrastructure existing on its soil, India said the neighbouring country's intelligence agency ISI continues to provide "directions" and "logistics" support to terrorist groups like LeT active in this country.

"We have not received any information on dismantling of terrorist training camps," Patil said replying to supplementaries during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha.

He said information about existence of terrorist training camps was passed on to Pakistan during the Home Secretary-level talks between the two countries. "Results have not been satisfactory... we are not satisfied," he added.

According to available inputs, ISI continues to provide directions and logistics support including recruitment, arms training and funds to militant outfits like Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizbul Mujahideen and Al-Badr for terrorist related activities in Jammu and Kashmir despite Government's peace initiatives and Prime Minister's invitation to separatist leaders for two Round Table conferences.

"Available inputs indicate Pakistan's ISI continues to remunerate terrorists for attacks on security forces and political leaders.

"The serial grenade attacks on April 14 and July 11, 2006 in Srinagar city and killing of tourists are reportedly the result of directives received by the terrorist outfits from across the border," he said. Patil said the list of India's most wanted was also discussed at the Home Secretary-level talks but no action has been taken.

"We have given documents pointing out to places where training is imparted to terrorists," he said adding Pakistan was in a denial mode.

Emphasising its commitment to the dialogue process, India has conveyed to Pakistan that talks can be sustained if it takes action on dismantling the infrastructure of terrorism, including training camps, launch pads and communication links between terrorist groups on the Indian side and their handlers on the Pakistan side, he said.

Government intends to continue the Confidence Building Measures, cooperation and dialogue with Pakistan in an atmosphere free from terror and violence, the Lok Sabha was informed.

Replying to written questions, Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahmed said concepts such as joint control or joint management of Jammu and Kashmir, proposed by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, could not be the basis of a settlement of the Kashmir issue because "it is an integral part of India."

"There can be no compromise on the sovergnity of India over the state of Jammu and Kashmir and on India's unity," he said, adding, "India was committed to resolving all outstanding issues with Pakistan bilaterally and peacefully in accordance with Shimla Agreement.

"The Government intends to continue with the present process of confidence building, cooperation and dialogue in an atmosphere free from terror and violence," he said.
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