Pakistan should book Mumbai terror masterminds: Antony

January 7th, 2009 - 5:16 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 7 (IANS) Defence Minister A.K. Antony Wednesday called on Pakistan to book those who gave “inspiration, direction and support” to the terrorists who staged the Mumbai mayhem and to “dismantle” the terror outfits functioning on its soil.Asserting that the Indian armed forces were “eternally vigilant” to prevent a repeat of the Mumbai carnage, Antony said that “no serious” attempts have been made to disband the terror outfits across the border.

“There are two things. Those persons who gave inspiration, direction and support (to the terrorists in Mumbai) should be booked. Secondly, more than 30 terror outfits are active across the border. To dismantle them is the duty of the (Pakistani) government,” Antony told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

“After 26/11, there are no serious attempts to disband the terror outfits across the border. There can be more attempts to infiltrate. We will do everything to prevent it,” he added.

“We have to be eternally vigilant. We can not lower our guard and our armed forces should be ever ready,” Antony maintained.

Antony on Wednesday also met Indian Army chief Gen. Deepak Kapoor against the backdrop of a fierce gun battle in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir that entered its seventh day.

According to the minister, the operation is taking time as the effort is to ensure “minimum” casualties among army personnel.

“I had discussions with the army chief and they have a plan on how to handle this situation. The basic approach is that they should flush out militants with minimum casualties to our armed forces,” Antony maintained.

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