Antony reviews security with Service chiefs

January 5th, 2009 - 8:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Jan 5 (IANS) Defence Minister A.K. Antony Monday called a high-level meeting of the three Service chiefs to assess the security scenario as New Delhi handed over to Islamabad evidence of the complicity of Pakistan-based militants in the Mumbai terror attack, a senior official said.National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan and Defence Secretary Vijay Singh also attended the meeting, that continued for nearly an hour.

“The defence minister today (Monday) held a meeting to review the security situation. The meeting was attended by the NSA, three Service chiefs and defence secretary,” a senior defence official said.

The meeting gains significance as India Monday handed over to Pakistan the evidence linking Pakistan-based militants to the Mumbai carnage and ratcheted up international pressure on Islamabad to eliminate terror infrastructure from its territory.

“We have today given evidence to Pakistan of links between elements in Pakistan and the terrorists who attacked Mumbai. It is our expectation that the government of Pakistan will promptly undertake further investigations in Pakistan and share the results with us so as to bring the perpetrators to justice,” External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters here Monday morning.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had called a meeting of the NSA and service chiefs to assess the security situation in the country on two occasions in the aftermath of the Mumbai attack, including a war room meeting.

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