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No credible response from Pak to demarche: India

India on Tuesday said there has been 'no credible response' from Pakistan to its demarche demanding a ban on terrorist outfits Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, in the wake of the attack on Parliament and asked Islamabad to restrain and control their activities.

"There is no credible response from Pakistan," an external affairs ministry spokesperson told reporters when asked about New Delhi's demarche to Pakistan formally asking it to arrest the leadership of LeT and JeM and freeze the assets of the two outfits.

"There is iron-clad evidence to suggest the involvement of these groups. So their culpability and involvement is crystal clear. The fact that we possess technical evidence of this has been communicated to the Pakistan government," she said.

Her remarks come close on the heels of United States Secretary of State Colin Powell virtually asking India to desist from a military response to terrorist camps across the border in the wake of the attack on Parliament and cautioned tension in Indo-Pak relations has the potential of 'becoming very dangerous'.

The spokesperson said there was also 'accumulated evidence' of the clear involvement of these terrorist outfits in several attacks, including the October one strike outside the Jammu and Kashmir assembly, the Red Fort incident last year and the hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane to Kandahar in Afghanistan.

New Delhi, she stressed, wanted Pakistan to take action against the LeT and JeM. "This is not the first instance of the involvement of these outfits. There is a long history".

Islamabad's deeds have in no way diminished the actions of these organisations, she said observing it was well known that they received 'inspiration, sustenance and support from Pakistan'.

To a question, the spokesperson said she had no information on movement of troops on the Indo-Pak border.

PTI

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