Infiltration despite armies shows Pak complicity, says Advani

Washington January 10: | Updated: Jan 11 2002, 05:30am hrs
The constant infiltration of terrorists into Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) despite massed armies on each side of the border proves Pakistani complicity in cross-border terrorism, said Union home minister LK Advani here on Thursday.

The visiting minister at the end of his meetings with senior officials in the Bush administration told the mediapersons at a press conference that, If any one wants proof of Pakistani complicity in terrorism in India, one has to only look at the fact that the infiltration of terrorists is going on for purposes of sabotage and killing despite massed armies of India and Pakistan on each side of the international border and the Line of Control.

Mr Advani said that, India hoped that the diplomatic and political initiatives, coupled with the concerns expressed by the international community, will lead Pakistan to end its cross-border terrorism against India.

He pointed out that with so many troops on the Pakistani border and in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) even a stray dog could not come into the Indian side of the international border or the LoC without state support.

When queried about the seemingly weak US reaction to Pakistan sponsored terrorism against India, the minister said that every country had its own assessment.

He pointed out that India had gone out of its way to restore normalcy in ties with Pakistan.

In response to another question, the minister said that during his meeting with secretary of state Colin Powell earlier in the day he had put forward a four-point demand that Pakistan must comply with to show its sincerity towards combatting terrorism even as Washington felt Islamabad should do more in this regard. The four demands are: Handing over of 20 terrorists to India, whose names, along with copious evidence of their acts of crime against India have been given to Pakistan. Second, closure of facilities, training camps, arms supply, funding and all other manner of direct and indirect assistance for terrorists on Pakistani soil, including on areas controlled by it. Third, stoppage of infiltration of arms and men from Pakistan into J&K and elsewhere in India and lastly, categorical and unambiguous renunciation of terrorism in all its manifestations