India sad over Karachi terror attack; steps up vigil

India on Monday expressed sadness over the loss of lives in the terror attack in Karachi and issued an alert to all the states in its aftermath to step up vigil.

Updated: May 23, 2011, 18:24 PM IST

New Delhi: India on Monday expressed sadness
over the loss of lives in the terror attack in Karachi and
issued an alert to all the states in its aftermath to step up
vigil.

Home Minister P Chidambaram said the attack on Pakistan
Navy`s air base has once again highlighted the fact that India
lives in a troubled neighbourhood.

"I have described our neighbourhood as a troubled
neighbourhood. This incident once again points to that
conclusion that our neighbourhood is a troubled
neighbourhood," he said at a press conference here when asked
to comment on the attack in Pakistan.

"We have to remain constantly on vigil and we remain
vigilant round the clock," he said.

The Home Minister said India was "not happy" about the
incident that took place in Karachi. "In fact, we are sad that
lives are lost. But that (Pakistan) is today a troubled
State."

Noting that any incident of terrorism in the region
certainly must be viewed gravely, he said, "We must increase
our vigil. Therefore we remain alert and we have alerted the
states based on whatever intelligence we have".

Asked to comment on media reports that Taliban chief
Mullah Omar had been killed in Pakistan, Chidambaram said
there were contradictory versions and "we have to wait and see
whether that report is correct".

He, however, said India had "some information" on the
movements of Mullah Omar. "But that was only information we
had picked up. But, today Afghan authorities have disclosed
that he was killed," he said.

PTI