India may snap ties with Pakistan, isolate it: Chidambaram (Lead)

January 13th, 2009 - 10:23 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Jan 13 (IANS) India plans to break off business, transport and tourist links with Pakistan and isolate it from the rest of the world if it fails to help investigate the Mumbai terrorist attacks, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said Tuesday.In an interview with the London Times newspaper, Chidambaram accused Pakistan of doing nothing to assist India bring to justice those responsible for the November Mumbai attacks.

Asked what Pakistan was doing to help with the investigation, Chidambaram said: “Zero. What have they provided? Nothing,” according to the newspaper’s online edition.

“There are many, many links between India and Pakistan, and if Pakistan does not cooperate and does not help to bring the perpetrators to heel, those ties will become weaker and weaker and one day snap,” Chidambaram said.

“Why would we entertain Pakistani business people? Why would we entertain tourists in India? Why would we send tourists there?” Chidambaram said.

He refused to discuss when such measures might be introduced, but said: “We need cooperation soon.”

Ten gunmen struck key places in Mumbai Nov 26 and killed more than 170 people, including 26 foreigners. India has maintained the terrorists were from Pakistan, but Islamabad has sought more evidence.

The newspaper quoted an unnamed senior Indian government official as criticising Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani for saying the Mumbai attacks were linked to Kashmir.

“Gilani is living in a world of his own if he brings Kashmir into this,” the official told The Times.

“The simple fact is that Pakistan is a failing, but not yet a failed, state. That is what he needs to address.”

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