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Pakistan epicenter of terrorism: India

Dubbing Pakistan as the "epicenter of terrorism," India slammed it for its inaction against the Mumbai attacks perpetrators, saying it has not been able to punish any of those accused of masterminding the terror strikes.

Updated: Jan 20, 2011, 19:16 PM IST

Melbourne: Dubbing Pakistan as the
"epicenter of terrorism," India on Thursday slammed it for its
inaction against the Mumbai attacks perpetrators, saying it
has not been able to punish any of those accused of
masterminding the terror strikes.

"Pakistan should be sensitive to few of our concerns. One
of our concerns is terrorism and how Pakistan deals with
terror and terrorists," visiting External Affairs Minister S M
Krishna told the Indian media here after an interaction with
the Indian community.
His comments came in reaction to a question on recent
remarks made by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood
Quershi, who favoured a constructive and productive dialogue
with India to resolve all outstanding issues, including the
Kashmir problem.

On the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai by Pakistan-based
terrorists, Krishna said "they (Islamabad) have not been able
to punish any of those accused of masterminding, conspiring
for that attack. When I went to Islamabad (in July last year)
I conveyed that to Foreign Minister Quershi with passion.

"I think public opinion back in India will feel assuaged
when those culprits, who are responsible for those attacks in
Mumbai, are brought to justice."

Pakistan has arrested seven suspects, including LeT
operations chief Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, over the Mumbai
attacks, but their trial has been mired in controversies and
delays.

Krishna also said that India wanted to see a stable and
democratic Pakistan.

Separately, Krishna, in an interview to the Australian
Broadcasting Corporation, said that Pakistan is the "epicenter
of terrorism".

"In my opinion Pakistan is the epicenter of terrorism in
the region," he said.

He also said that NATO-led forces in Afghanistan should
think twice about engaging Pakistan as an ally in the battle
against the Taliban.

On his meetings with the Australian leaders, Krishna told
the Indian media that the discussions covered areas of mutual
concern and interest.

"Naturally, this has included our interest in nuclear
energy, uranium and the question of the problems faced by
Indian students, which have fortunately improved."

Earlier addresing members of the Indian community,
Krishna said that since his last visit here in 2009,
Australian government has introduced many measures to improve
the safety and security of the students and these measures
have had a positive effect.
"However, I do note that revised immigration policies
have had an adverse impact on Indian students. Here, while we
must realise that being a student does not automatically mean
entitlement to permanent residency, I have requested for
consideration to be given to our affected students. Foreign
Minister (Kevin) Rudd has assured me that he will keep our
concerns in mind," he said.

Krishna said that during his meeting with new Victorian
Premier Ted Baillieu, he was assured that the safety and
security of the Indian community will continue to be addressed
pro-actively.

"The Indian community in Australia is playing an
important and constructive role here in building bridges of
friendship and understanding between our two countries," he
said.

On his talks with his counterpart Rudd, Krishna said
they had "very good and constructive discussions" covering the
entire range of bilateral issues as also regional and
multilateral issues.

"Besides the students issue, we discussed all the
bilateral issues. We also discussed the uranium issue; I drew
attention to our requirements, particularly in the context of
climate change and India`s energy and development
requirements. We have agreed to continue to discuss this
matter," he said.

"Foreign Minister Rudd has accepted my invitation to
visit India this year, where this dialogue shall be
continued," he said.

Krishna also extended condolences and sympathy for losses
suffered by Australia and its people in the recent devastating
floods, including in Victoria.

"On behalf of the people and Government of India, I
express the hope that the situation will not deteriorate
further and we pray for speedy recovery for all those
affected."

PTI