Pakistan epicentre of terror: Krishna


MELBOURNE – Dubbing Pakistan as the “epicentre of terrorism”, India on Thursday slammed the country for its inaction against the Mumbai attacks perpetrators, saying it had not been able to punish any of those accused of masterminding the terror strikes.
“Pakistan should be sensitive to a few of our concerns. One of our concerns is terrorism and how Pakistan deals with terror and terrorists,” Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna told reporters. His comments came in reaction to a question on recent remarks made by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who favoured a constructive and productive dialogue with India to resolve all outstanding issues, including the Kashmir dispute. On the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai by Pakistan-based terrorists, Krishna said, “They (Islamabad) have not been able to punish any of those accused of masterminding, conspiring for that attack.
When I went to Islamabad I conveyed that to Foreign Minister Qureshi.” Krishna also said India wanted to see a stable and democratic Pakistan. Separately, the minister, in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, said Pakistan was the “epicentre of terrorism”. “In my opinion Pakistan is the epicentre of terrorism in the region,” he said, adding that NATO-led forces in Afghanistan should think twice about engaging Pakistan as an ally in the battle against the Taliban.