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US remarks welcome but we need action: Antony
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 23
Continuing his “verbal assault” on Pakistan, Defence Minister AK Antony today welcomed the US remarks that Pakistan was the ‘epicentre’ of terrorism and added that apart from solidarity or sympathy, India needed action and it was awaiting results.

Antony was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a seminar on the defence industry organised by the CII at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis. He said the world community should 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”, Antony said while replying to a question on US President Barack Obama calling Pakistan the ‘epicentre’ of terror.

“Apart from solidarity or sympathy, India needs results and we are waiting for the results”, Antony added. India 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 at many quarters on terrorists operating from across the border. As per the information, terror outfits operate from across the border, he added.

“All those outfits, whch perpetrated the Mumbai terror attacks must be dismantled. The time has come for the world to take action against terror from Pakistani soil”, he said.

Antony expressed his satisfaction with the US realisation that global terrorism emanated from Pakistan.

More than 30-terror outfits are active in Pakistan. It was good that the world had realised that Pakistan was the ‘epicentre’ of terrorism, Antony told reporters here.

Now the world must take action against terror from Pakistani soil, he said. Yesterday, new US President Barack Obama had said Islamist extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan posed a grave threat and that his new administration would tackle it as a single problem under a wider strategy.

Antony reiterated that the Indian armed forces were in a state of ‘preparedness’ and denied that there was any pressure on India from the US against using military option in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks.

“No responsible country will say that after the 26/11 experience 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 were doing their duty to the nation and they must, according to him, be ready to face any eventuality on the border.

At the seminar he told the attending CII delegates that a defence-specific policy had been made to enhance the indigenous defence industrial capability, as also to usher in transparency and responsibility.

The Offset Policy is expected to benefit the Indian industry through technology inflows, foreign investment, partnership with foreign companies and investment in Indian companies.



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