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Pakistan’s ‘state actors’ should stop supporting terrorism: India

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup. File photo

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup. File photo   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

India on Friday seized on former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s admission that ISI trains LeT and Jaish militants and asked Pakistan’s “state actors” to stop supporting terrorism in the region.

“Musharraf’s admission on ISI involvement in terrorist activities in India speaks for itself and it reinforces once again the need for stopping support from state actors to terrorism in our region,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

Mr. Swarup also asked Pakistan to “expose fully the conspiracy” behind the Mumbai terrorist attack after Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley’s testimony revealing its Army’s role in the strike.

“Headley’s testimony is in relation with the Mumbai terror attack and the testimony is self explanatory... it is up to Pakistan to investigate and expose fully the conspiracy in Pakistan behind the Mumbai terror attack and bring all concerned to justice.

“Headley’s deposition once again confirms this view, if any confirmation was needed after confession of Ajmal Kasab,” the spokesperson added.

Asked about the status of India-Pakistan Foreign Secretary-level talks, he said the National Security Advisors and the secretaries were in touch with each other respectively.

On reports that Pakistan government has dismissed evidence given by India in Pathankot terror attacks, Mr. Swarup said the NSAs of the two countries were in contact regarding the investigations and government will go by the “official line” and not by some media reports.

Asked about Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s remarks of demilitarisation of Siachen, the spokesperson said Siachen has always been part of the bilateral dialogue process and will be discussed at the right time.

When asked about the recent meeting of Kashmiri separatist leaders with Mr. Basit in New De;hi, he said government’s position was very clear that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and the issue can be only discussed between the two countries bilaterally.

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