NEW DELHI, India: The Indian government has once against blamed Pakistan for sponsoring terrorism in India and said that Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), is aiding terrorism in India.
“Terrorism in India is fully Pakistan sponsored. Pakistan says non state actors are involved. But is ISI non-state actor. ISI is aiding terrorism,” the Indian home minister Rajnath Singh said while addressing the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi on Saturday.
The Indian home minister said that terrorism in India is not home grown but is externally aided… It is from Pakistan, according to the Press Trust of India (PTI).
Singh said that though India wants to maintain cordial relations with Pakistan but Islamabad seems not too keen on establishing friendly relations with New Delhi.
The minister also said that Pakistan is providing shelter to Dawood Ibrahim, India’s most wanted terrorist, and the underworld don is currently staying along the Pak-Afghan border.
The Indian home minister said that Dawood has been living in Pakistan and despite many requests, the neighboring country has not handed over him to India.
“When the Pakistan premier came to India, our Prime Minister told him to hand over Dawood. We are pursuing it. We are trying to build diplomatic pressure… As he is the most wanted criminal… Right now he is along (Pakistan-) Afghanistan border,” he said.
Rajnath Singh further said that Pakistan is not taking initiative to punish those involved in 2008 Mumbai terror attacks as the case in that country was moving at a very slow pace.
“Pakistan is not helping in the judicial process. In fact it is trying to scuttle it,” Singh said.
The home minister said that New Delhi wants friendly relations with not only Pakistan but with all the neighbouring countries as well as others nations across the world.
“There should be efforts from Pakistan side too to maintain cordial relations. We always want friendly relations. But from their side, there should be at least talk of friendship. There should be feeling to make friendship (by Pak)… But I believe, sometime sooner some breakthrough will come,” he added.