India said the civilian government in Pakistan has not moved towards reining in the ISI and likened terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba to al-Qaeda.
Home Minister P. Chidambaram said things would be better “if there is a truly civilian government in Pakistan which can rein in the ISI and direct the army and the ISI to move in and dismantle their terror infrastructure“.
“The camps must be closed. Training must come to an end”, he told BBC.
Asked if he has seen any movement in that direction in Pakistan, Chidambaram replied “nothing so far“.
Asked what he believed would persuade Pakistan to do that, he said “the U.K., the U.S. know the answer to that question better. Certainly, we have not been able to persuade Pakistan.
It’s Pakistan’s friends, mutual friends, who would have to bring pressure on Pakistan “.
Chidambaram said it would be “naive” for Western countries to think that only India faces the threat from Pakistan-based terrorists.
“Once you allow these terror groups to train, recruit and be able to build capacity to strike, they can strike in India, they can strike in UK, they can strike in Denmark as they were planning out of the Karachi project,” he said.
“No country is truly safe. Don’t think that India alone is under threat. Every country is under threat from these groups and the Lashkar-e-Taiba today is like the al-Qaeda, a multi-country group”.