'Pak strategically engineering terror attacks'

Pune: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has said that Pakistan's changed strategy of taking recourse to terror attacks against India after the 1971 war and the post-Kargil scenario demanded a constant vigil by the country's intelligence agencies.

"It is imperative that our intelligence agencies are on constant vigil in the post-Kargil scenario. Pakistan's strategy has been to engineer terror attacks which also targeted the country's financial capital", Chavan said here last night.

"India's growth rate is not going down well with the neighbouring nation", the chief minister also said at a function for release of the Marathi translation of 'Tinderbox- The Past and Future of Pakistan' authored by noted journalist M J Akbar.

It is important to promote people-to-people dialogue and strengthen economic ties to create a harmonious relationship with the neighbour, he said, adding that Akbar's book throws light on the historical aspect of the Indo-Pak relationship.

Akbar, who reviewed the Indo-Pak relationship in its historical and current context, said Indian Muslims felt secure in India and he asserted "I am a proud Indian Muslim".

The country's progress depended on its democratic structure, secularism, gender equality and inclusion of the poor in its growth, the author said.

The Marathi translation of the book is part of a project undertaken by 'Sarhad' organisation to promote harmonious relations and better understanding with Pakistan.