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December 22, 2001
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India does not have
infinite patience: Singh

Dhananjay Mahapatra in Kabul

Asserting that India does not have infinite patience, External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh on Saturday said the recall of the Indian high commissioner in Islamabad was only a "signal" to Pakistan that it must recognise the enormity of the situation.

"The step was only a signal, a message to Pakistan so that it recognises the enormity of the situation," Singh said when asked about New Delhi's decision to recall the High Commissioner Vijay Nambiar.

Singh, who is representing India at the installation of the new interim government headed by Hamid Karzai, was talking to reporters after reopening the Indian embassy.

He said the attack on Parliament was not just an attack on the "stones and mortar of a building called Parliament but on the very sovereignty of India."

Singh said India has patience, but it is "not infinite."

"India has been patient and waiting since December 13 for some kind of recognition from the Pakistan government about the enormity of the situation. Nothing of that sort came. The issue was deliberated by the Cabinet Committee on Security at great lengths and it was decided to pull out India's high commissioner to Pakistan," Singh said.

Singh ducked a question when asked whether India was considering a military option to deal with the situation saying "I am not in Kabul to discuss such options."

PTI

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