Indian PM warns of worsening regional security

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday warned that security in South Asia was deteriorating, as Pakistan endures a wave of suicide bombings, militant raids and shootings.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said this while addressing the annual Combined Commanders’ Conference, where the top brass of the defence forces are expected to formulate a new policy to counter terrorism. Speaking to heads of the Indian armed forces, Singh stressed the threat posed by unrest in neighboring Pakistan.

‘The overall situation in our immediate neighborhood has worsened,’ he said, 11 months after Pakistan-based militants attacked Mumbai leaving 166 people dead.

‘The Mumbai attack confirmed our worst fears about the lethal dimensions of terrorism and non-traditional threats to our security,’ Singh told the annual commanders’ conference in New Delhi.

India blamed last November’s attacks on ‘official agencies’ in Pakistan, but Islamabad denies the allegation.

About 180 people have been killed in the last month in militant attacks in Pakistan.—AFP