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Pakistan is 'centre of terrorism'

Manmohan Singh
Mr Singh said Pakistan must not 'perpetrate acts of terror'

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described Pakistan as the "epicentre of world terrorism".

In an interview with the British Financial Times newspaper, he said that Islamabad had failed to take effective action against militants.

He said that Pakistan was either "unable" or "unwilling" to control the militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Delhi accuses the Let of staging November's attacks in Mumbai when more than 170 people were killed.

"That the attacks on Mumbai were planned and acted upon in Pakistani territory is now admitted by everybody, including the intelligence agencies of developed countries," Mr Singh said.

"That is living proof that despite many promises made by Pakistan since 2004 to my predecessor and to me that Pakistan will not be used to undertake acts of terror against India, in practice no effective action has been taken."

The prime minister said that there are elements in the armed forces of Pakistan, some segments of its intelligence agency (the ISI) involved in "perpetrating acts of terror" especially the attack in July on the Indian embassy in Kabul which killed 41 people.

"The world has a responsibility that Pakistan lives up to the promise that it will not allow its territory to be used to promote acts of terror directed against India," he said.

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