Pakistan compromising with Taliban threat to region: Chidambaram


Khatkar Kalan (Punjab) : Home Minister P. Chidambaram Monday said Pakistan’s bid to compromise with the Taliban could be a threat to the whole Indian sub-continent.

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Terming Pakistan as the epicentre of terrorism in the world, Chidambaram said Pakistan has been “forced” by the Indian policy to admit that its soil was being used for terrorist attacks on India.

“Taliban is an issue that concerns Pakistan. If Pakistan compromises with the Taliban, that will affect the security of the entire region. I think Pakistan must realise that,” Chidambaram told reporters in this ancestral village of martyr Bhagat Singh in Punjab.

Chidambaram was referring to the Pakistan government agreeing recently to the imposition of the Islamic system of justice in the Swat Valley in exchange for a ceasefire in the strife-torn region.

About the probe into the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack carried out by Pakistani terrorists, Chidambaram said that a chargesheet into the incident would be filed before the court in a couple of days.

“Our policy has paid results and we have forced Pakistan to admit that the terrorists came from Pakistan and that their soil was used to launch the terrorist attack (on Mumbai). They have taken some action. They have promised to take more action. We will watch and see if they take more action to take this case to its logical conclusion,” the home minister said.

“Now we expect Pakistan to continue the investigations. We will, of course, file a chargesheet in the Mumbai court in the next couple of days. We expect them to punish all those who were behind the terror attack. They must dismantle the terrorist infrastructure that has been built in Pakistan in the last 10-15 years,” he added.

Chidambaram remained non-committal on immediate friendship between both countries.

“We want to be friends with Pakistan but the friendship has mutual arrangement. The government in Pakistan cannot allow its territory to be used for terrorist attacks on India. Pakistan is the epicentre of terrorism. That must stop,” Chidambaram said.