Karachi attack shows Pakistan a troubled state: Chidambaram (Lead)

May 23rd, 2011 - 9:35 pm ICT by IANS  

P. Chidambaram New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Conveying its sadness over the loss of lives in a terror attack on a Pakistani Navy base in Karachi, India Monday said the incident once again pointed out that the South Asian region was “troubled” and that there was reason for its armed forces to remain vigilant.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram told reporters here that India was “not happy” over the terror attack and that any terrorist strike in the region had to be viewed “gravely”.

“I have already described our neighbourhood as troubled. This incident once again points to that conclusion that ours is a troubled neighbourhood,” he said, when asked for his reactions to the Karachi incident.

“We have to remain constantly on vigil and we remain vigilant round the clock,” he said.

Noting that India was “not happy” over the incident in Karachi, Chidambaram said: “In fact, we are sad that lives are lost. But that is today a troubled state.”

Pointing out that incidents of terrorism in the region must certainly be viewed gravely, the home minister said: “We must increase our vigil. Therefore, we remain alert and we have alerted the states based on whatever intelligence we have.”

Asked to confirm media reports on Taliban chief Mullah Omar being killed, Chidambaram said India would wait and watch if the information was true.

Noting that there were contradictory versions on the death of Mullah Omar, he said: “We have to wait and see whether that report is correct.”

He, however, said India had “some information” on the movements of Mullah Omar. “But that was only information we had picked up. But, today Afghan authorities have disclosed that he was killed,” he added.

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