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ISI is active in the northeast: army chief
October 18, 2007 18:01 IST
The army will stop operations against the United Liberation Front of Asom if the banned organisation comes to the negotiating table without any preconditions, Chief of Army Staff General Deepak Kapoor said in Tezpur on Thursday.
"If the ULFA comes for talks without any terms and conditions, then the army is willing to go back to the barracks," General Kapoor told reporters at the army's four corps headquarters.
The army chief said Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI was active in the region. He said ISI may be involved in the recent bomb blasts in Guwahati and other places of Assam.
"Under the direction of Muslim fundamentalists the ISI is becoming active in Assam which is a cause for concern", Kapoor said.
The army chief said if the Bodoland Liberation Tigers and the National Liberation Front of Bodoland could come to the negotiating table "then why not the ULFA".
On the ongoing problem with China along the border with Arunachal Pradesh, General Kapoor said two rounds of talks between the Indian and Chinese forces were held so far.
"The talks have been cordial and we expect to solve the border problem very soon", he said. The army chief is scheduled to visit the Chinese border areas in Bumla sector of Arunachal Pradesh on Friday.