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No noticeable change in Pakistan's attitude: India

No noticeable change in Pakistan's attitude: India

Author: PTI
Publication: The Times of India
Date: January 2, 2009
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/No_noticeable_change_in_Pakistans_attitude_India/articleshow/3926104.cms

Rubbishing Pakistan's "advice" for deactivating ground and air troops in forward areas, India on Friday said it has no right to give any such suggestion and pointed out that 30 terror outfits are still active in that country.

Maintaining that India has done no escalation and the armed forces were only doing their duty, defence minister A K Antony said there is "no noticeable change" in the attitude of Pakistan and Indian forces will have to remain alert.

"I do not think there is any noticeable change in the attitude of Pakistan. Statements are not important. Actions are important. They have to prove by their action," defence minister AK Antony told reporters on the sidelines of a defence ministry function.

"More than 30 terrorist outfits are still operating in Pakistan, there is no improvement or any change in attitude," Antony said responding to questions from reporters.

To a question on Pakistan's suggestion that India should withdraw ground troops and de-activate forward air bases, he said Islamabad has no right to give any such advice.

"Nobody will tell us, after 26/11 we must be prepared to meet any eventuality. It is our duty," he asserted.

"Armed forces are doing their duty. They are not escalating anything. They are not doing any power projection. They are doing their duty. They have to be fully prepared to meet any challenge from any quarter, any threat from any quarter," Antony said.

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