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Updated: January 21, 2010 18:17 IST

‘Impatient’ India demands strong action from Pakistan

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File photo of Defence Minister A.K. Antony
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File photo of Defence Minister A.K. Antony

India on Thursday asked Pakistan to take “strong, convincing” action against perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks, saying unless they were brought to book, it will remain impatient.

It also asked the U.S. to advise Pakistan to dismantle the terror infrastructure and to stop use of its soil by terrorist groups to carry out attacks inside India, adding the government and the people did not want any confrontation with the neighbouring countries, but it would be difficult to move forward unless Pakistan acted.

“Unless Government of Pakistan takes action against the involved in the heinous acts of 26/11, (i.e.) strong, convincing action to dismantle the terrorist outfits across the border, Indian people will be always impatient,” Antony told reporters on the sidelines of the NCC Republic Day Parade Camp here.

He was responding to queries regarding U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates’ remarks that it would “not be unreasonable to assume that India’s patience will be limited were there to be further attacks” such as the 26/11 and if such patience would wear out in case of another terror attack.

“What he told yesterday, I also told him that our people are becoming impatient. So you please advise Pakistan. They must act against those involved in terrorist activities such as 26/11 and also almost all these terrorist outfits operating across the border are still very active,” he said.

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