India not exporting terror to Pakistan: Manmohan

MUMBAI: India is not responsible for terrorist activities in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared on Sunday.

“We are not in the business of exporting terrorism to Pakistan or any other country,” he said. “The people and government of Pakistan jolly well know that this is a false accusation.”

He was replying to a specific question on Pakistan interior minister Rehman Malik’s allegations that India was arming militants in Balochistan.

Replying to questions, the Prime Minister said, “We have to make adequate preparations to deal with the consequences of this overflow of terrorism from neighbourhood to our country.

“We are taking all necessary steps in that direction but it is still my belief that particularly Pakistan and the people and government of Pakistan should realise the great harm and (their) patronisation of terror groups have done to the South Asian region,” he said.

Singh said if the countries work together, only “positive good” can come out of it.

To another query about the recent blast outside the Indian embassy in Kabul and the terror attack at the Pakistan army headquarters, he said, “We need a neighbourhood of peace, friendliness and I will be the last one to say that, I think, if these conditions prevail (like) today in our neighbourhood in Pakistan and in Afghanistan the situation is not what it should be.”

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also demanded that Pakistan should try and punish those who masterminded the Mumbai terror attack last year.

The Prime Minister told reporters that diplomatic pressure from India and the international community had forced Pakistan to admit for the first time that its nationals were involved in the terror assault that killed some 170 people.

“They should investigate all those who are involved (in that attack) including Hafiz Saeed, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed. There should be a fair trial which will result in proper punishment being given to them. We have not lost hope.”

Hafiz Saeed, who heads the Jamat-ud-Dawah, is also the founder of the Lashkar, which has been blamed for the Mumbai carnage of November 2008 when Pakistani terrorists sneaked into the city by boats.

The Prime Minister said: “For the first time Pakistan admitted that it (attack) had its origins in Pakistan, the conspiracy leading to the tragedy in Mumbai was hatched in Pakistan, that citizens of Pakistan were involved. Pakistan had never before agreed to this… So there is some progress.”

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