Security threats from Pak have not diminished: Chidambaram

Security threats from Pak have not diminished: Chidambaram

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram

He also said that there has been an increase in infiltration from the Pakistani side in the last four months.
New Delhi's concerns were conveyed by him during meetings with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and top security officials of the Obama Administration.

Wrapping up his four-day US visit, Chidambaram told reporters here that he was going back to India with a "lot of ideas". One of these was establishing something on the lines of the National Counter-Terrorism Centre of the US.

Set up in 2004 under a US Presidential executive order, the Centre staffed with over 500 personnel drawn from 16 departments and agencies spearheads US efforts to combat terrorism at home and abroad by analysing threat perceptions and sharing information with friendly countries.

Besides Clinton, Chidambaram met National Security Adviser James Jones, FBI Director Robert Mueller, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and US Attorney General Eric H Holder Jr Early.

Chidambaram said he had briefed the US officials about Pakistan not prosecuting perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks, including the mastermind Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Toiba, who was roaming free in that country despite evidence provided by India.

"I think, the US understands the difference between the way India's approach to post 26-11 situation and the way Pakistan approached post-26/11 situation. It is enough to draw attention to the difference and leave it there," Chidambaram said when asked if the US was exerting enough pressure on Pakistan to take action against terrorists targeting India from its soil.

To a question if he had sought US assistance to ensure that Pakistan takes action against perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks, the Home Minister said he had not asked specifically to "push for this and to push for that".

"I did brief them on the state of the trial of Ajmal Kasab (the lone surviving Mumbai attack terrorist) in India and I also did mention about no progress in Pakistan in respect of the five or six people they have arrested. And Hafeez Sayeed (LeT founder) remains a free man. I think that is enough. They know to draw the lessons from that statement," he said.

On the issue of infiltration from Pakistan, he said, "We make estimates based upon human intelligence and technical intelligence. The numbers are now rising at about 50 to 60 a month. And the number of people we apprehend is also very high. So, our assessment is that the level of infiltration has increased since the month of May, 2009".

The Obama Administration has come out in support of India's stand that progress is needed first on bringing to justice perpetrators of Mumbai attacks before resumption of the composite dialogue process.

Pak denies handing over dossier on Baloch

Pakistan has stated for the first time since the meeting of two ministers in Egypt in July that it had not handed over a dossier on Balochistan to India, reports PTI from New Delhi.

“No, we didn’t. Actually, we flagged the issue on Balochistan. We asked for a positive attitude and asked for non-interference inside Balochistan,” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in an interview to Outlook magazine.

He was asked about claims in the Pakistani media that such a dossier was handed over to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his meeting with Yousuf Raza Gilani at Sharm-el Sheikh on the sidelines of the NAM Summit.

Balochistan’s reference in the joint statement issued after the meeting had evoked sharp reactions in India. Pakistan has been accusing India of fomenting trouble in Balochistan, a charge which India refutes.

Qureshi also questioned the visit of Home Minister P Chidambaram to the US which is seen by Pakistan as an attempt to put pressure on it to take action against LeT found Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind behind the Mumbai terror attacks.

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