ISI still mentoring terror groups, says Narayanan

March 26th, 2008 - 10:14 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) India Wednesday said Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) continues to “mentor” terror groups and their attacks would continue notwithstanding the new dispensation in Islamabad. “There is no change in the attitude of the ISI to mentoring terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the JM (Jaish-e-Mohammad). Their attacks are likely to continue,” National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan said.

He was delivering the 25th Air Chief Marshal P.C. Lal memorial lecture on “Managing India’s National Security & Building a Consensus for the 21st Century” at the Air Force Auditorium here.

At the same time, he hoped that the installation of a civilian government in Pakistan “will lead to stable conditions and weaken the forces of fundamentalism”.

“We are fully committed to continuing the CBMs (confidence building measures with Pakistan) and would like to further improve relations in other spheres,” Narayanan added.

“This is not to discount the activities of the fundamentalists and the ISI. Pakistan also continues to acquire missiles and other weapons and its military strategy remains India-centric,” he contended.

According to Narayanan, “one of the greatest dangers” India faced was the terror camps being run on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border by the Al Qaeda and the remnants of the Taliban.

“India has every reason to be concerned over these training camps,” he added.

“The challenge we face with Pakistan is: without compromising on our national security parameters, how do we enlarge our area of contact (with Islamabad),” Narayanan maintained.

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