India asks Pak to expose Mumbai terror plot

India asks Pak to expose Mumbai terror plot

India on Friday talked tough, as the testimony of 26/11 terror plotter David Headley before a court in Mumbai and revelations by Pakistan’s former president, Pervez Musharraf, in an interview exposed role of “state actors” of the neighbouring country in supporting cross-border terrorism.

New Delhi said that Musharraf’s admission on involvement of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan in training the terrorists of Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed spoke for itself and reinforced once again “the need for stopping support from state actors to terrorism” in the region.

New Delhi also frowned upon the meeting between Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, and Kashmiri separatist leaders, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelani, here. Official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Vikas Swarup, reiterated that Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India and the issue could be only discussed between the two countries bilaterally, without role of any “third party”.

Musharraf on Thursday told an Indian TV channel that Pakistan’s military spy agency ISI trained JeM and LeT terrorists. His comment came even as Headley this week deposed before a court in Mumbai and revealed the nexus between the ISI and the terror networks. “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,” said Swarup

Headley’s statement before the court through video conferencing from a US prison this week revealed that “state actors” of Pakistan had also been involved in planning the November 26-28, 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, along with the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba.

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