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India wants world to put pressure on Pakistan

January 23, 2009 19:56 IST

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India on Friday asked the world community to cooperate in its efforts to get Pakistan act against terror outfits operating from its soil.

"We expect cooperation from all world communities to get speedy results to our demands," Defence Minister A K Antony told reporters here to a question on United States President Barack Obama's [Images] reference to Pakistan and Afghanistan as the central front in America's war against terrorism.

"Apart from solidarity or sympathy, what India needs is results and we are waiting for that," Antony added.

New Delhi [Images] has been telling the world that terrorists operating from across the border are not only a threat to India but also to the entire world, Antony said.

"I am happy that there is realisation in many quarters on terrorists operating from across the border. As per our information, at the moment there are 30 terror outfits operating from across the border," Antony said.

Calling for strong action against terrorists who perpetrated the Mumbai terror attacks [Images], the defence minister said all terror outfits in Pakistan must be dismantled.

To a question, Antony denied any pressure on India from the US against using military option in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks due to the former's war on terror in Afghanistan.

"No sensible person, no responsible country will say after the 26/11 experience that India must not take any steps against terrorists," he said.

Noting that the armed forces were in a state of preparedness after the terror attacks, Antony said "they are doing their duty to the nation and they must, according to me, be ready to face any eventuality on the border."

To a poser on Pakistan seeking China's help to ward off New Delhi's pressure, the defence minister said there was nothing new in the move.




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