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India Ready To Snap Ties With Pakistan

Posted by jagoindia on January 17, 2009


India Ready To Snap Ties With Pakistan
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 1:22 pm Under Latest News About India News  Buzz up!24 views

NEW DELHI: 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, Indian Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram told The Times on Monday.

Speaking in an interview that will raise the heat further between the two countries, Palaniappan Chidambaram accused Pakistan of doing nothing to assist India in bringing to justice perpetrators of the attacks on the country’s financial capital, which killed 165 people between Nov 26 and 29.

Asked what Pakistan was doing to help with the investigation, in which India handed over a dossier of evidence to its neighbour last week, Chidambaram said: “Zero. What have they provided? Nothing.”

The minister, who will brief David Miliband on the investigation’s progress when the British foreign secretary arrives in Delhi tomorrow, gave an indication of action that would be taken if Pakistan continued to refuse to investigate the attacks, blamed by India on Islamic militants with links to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

“There are many, many links between India and Pakistan, and if Pakistan does not cooperate and does not help in bringing the perpetrators to heel, those ties will become weaker and weaker and one day will be snapped,” he said.

“Why would we entertain Pakistani business people? Why would we entertain tourists in India? Why would we send tourists there?” Chidambaram refused to discuss when such measures might be introduced, but said: “We need cooperation soon.”

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the attacks were related to the disputed territory of Kashmir, comparing Pakistanis living there to the Palestinians in Gaza. “Gilani is living in a world of his own if he brings Kashmir into this,” a senior Indian government source told The Times. “The simple fact is that Pakistan is failing, but not yet a failed state. That is what he needs to address.”

During his three-day visit to India, Miliband will meet Chidambaram and Pranab Mukherjee, the external affairs minister and discuss terrorism and climate change. He will also speak at the Taj Mahal and Oberoi hotels in Mumbai, both of which were among the buildings attacked. Miliband’s visit comes after Gordon Brown visited Delhi last month to express his condolences and solidarity after the attacks.

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