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India wants concrete action

NEW DELHI, DEC.22. Keeping up the pressure on Pakistan, India today said that it was looking for ``concrete action'' by Islamabad against the leaders and activities of the two Pakistan-based outfits involved in last Thursday's attack on the Parliament House.

India has accused the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) of masterminding the attack. ``The time has come for Pakistan to take action. There is no room for prevarication,'' the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Ms. Nirupama Rao, said when asked whether India would look afresh at its decision to recall its High Commissioner form Pakistan now that Islamabad has reportedly frozen the assets of the LeT.

Disregarding the Pakistani move, the spokesperson said that Islamabad had to take action against ``the leadership of these groups also.'' In its verbal demarche delivered to the Pakistan High Commissioner last Friday, India had stated that apart from blocking the Lashkar's finances, Pakistan needed to arrest the leaders of the organisation.

India today routed its demand on Pakistan for action against the LeT and the JeM through its comments on Friday's statement by the U.S. President, Mr. George Bush, who had called upon the Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, to ``take decisive action against the LeT, the JeM and other terrorist organisations, their leaders, finances and activities.''

Welcoming Mr. Bush's call, the statement said, ``this is what we have called upon Pakistan to do.'' It added that the ``international community will judge the response by what concrete action Pakistan takes.''

India, she said, was fully justified in demanding ``comprehensive action'' against the LeT and the JeM and other organisations that had made anti-India activities their sole agenda. The LeT received sustenance from Pakistani agencies to conduct operations against civilians and the security personnel in India, she said.

Troop build-up

India has moved forward its key forces to operational locations. Pakistan has also pushed forward its key military assets. Except for the Peshawar-based 11 Corps that has been positioned along the border with Afghanistan, Pakistan has moved the rest of its forces closer to the Indian borders.

We do not have `infinite' patience: Jaswant

KABUL, DEC. 22. Asserting that India did not have ``infinite'' patience, the External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, today said the recall of the Indian High Commissioner from Islamabad was only a ``signal'' to Pakistan that it recognised the enormity of the situation after the attack on Parliament.

``The step was only a signal, a message to Pakistan so that it recognises the enormity of the situation,'' Mr. Singh said when asked about New Delhi's decision to recall the High Commissioner, Mr. Vijay Nambiar.

Mr. Singh, who is representing India at the installation of the new interim government in Kabul headed by Mr. Hamid Karzai, was talking to reporters after reopening the Indian embassy.

He said the attack on Parliament was not just an attack on the ``stones and mortars of a building called Parliament but on the very sovereignty of India.'' Mr. Singh said India had patience, but ``it is not infinite''.

`Must act on demarche'

On his arrival in New Delhi tonight, Mr. Singh stressed that Pakistan must act on the demarche demanding ban and freezing of assets of the LeT and the JeM - PTI