India wants ‘actual action’ from Pakistan: Shivshankar Menon

January 5th, 2009 - 8:23 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 5 (IANS) India is no longer interested in words or mechanisms but wants “actual action” from Pakistan, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon said here Monday.Menon, who described the Mumbai terror strike as amounting to a “commando attack”, told a press conference: “We are no longer interested in words, in mechanisms; we want actual actions against perpetrators.”

“We don’t think there is any such thing as a non-state actor,” Menon said categorically, in a reference to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari labelling the terrorists as non-state actors.

The foreign secretary had earlier in the day handed over to Pakistan’s High Commissioner Shahid Malik in New Delhi the material linking the Nov 26 Mumbai attack to elements in Pakistan.

“We have given them material that has come out of our investigation… that leads to Pakistan. All the material leads to elements in Pakistan. We expect them to investigate, share the results with us. We will take it from there.”

Referring to the fact that the Lashkar-e-Taiba had been banned but its front Jamaat-ud-Daawa was still functioning, Menon said: “What we have seen so far does not impress us.”

He said India was seeing “an unprecedented level of international support” that was very heartening.

He added that he didn’t know whether this was sufficient to induce Pakistan to act. “That is for them and Pakistan. That is not for me to say. The primary responsibility here is for Pakistan to act.”

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