New Delhi: Pakistan is trying to bleed India
through a thousand cuts and the country`s economic
establishments are running the risk of being attacked, a top
government official said on Tuesday.
"This (Jehadi) brand of terrorism is primarily sponsored
by our neighbouring country in the west whose... policy is to
conduct war against India by all other means and bleed us
through a thousand cuts. This naturally includes the targeting
of anything...with a view to damaging, degrading or destroying
the engines of economic growth and critical centres of power
and strength of our country," Secretary (Internal Security) in
the Union Home Ministry U K Bansal said here.
Bansal was delivering his inaugural address at a seminar
titled `the challenge of terrorism to India`s infrastructure
and economy` here.
"It is legitimate to anticipate that countries and
entities hostile to Indian interest will try to extract
maximum advantage in their efforts by attacking our economic
and high value targets. Critical economic infrastructure is
obviously in the firing line...," he said.
Bansal added these activities are being "planned,
financed and facilitated" from across the western border of
"The fact is that it is clearly directed to cause multi-
lateral damage. For instance, the natural and social harmony
was targeted at Akshardham (in 2002). Economic institution
such as the Bombay Stock Exchange and business hub like Zaveri
Bazaar are regarded as legitimate targets by Pakistan," he