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Antony wants action, not words from the world

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There is realisation in “many quarters” of terrorists operating from across border

NEW DELHI: The world community must cooperate with India in its effort to get Pakistan act against the terror outfits operating from its soil.

Defence Minister A.K. Antony told this to correspondents on the sidelines of a function here.

He said that besides expressing solidarity or sympathy with India, the world should work so that New Delhi got results on its demand. “It is not words or sympathy, India needs action, India needs results, we are waiting for the results.”

India wanted results on two things — a strong action against the terrorists involved in the Mumbai attacks and disbanding of terror camps in Pakistan, the Minister said in response to a question on U.S. President Barack Obama’s reference to Pakistan and Afghanistan as a challenge to America’s war on terror.

Mr. Antony said he was happy that there was realisation in “many quarters” of terrorists operating from across the border.

He reiterated that New Delhi had information about the existence of more than 30 terror camps in Pakistan. India was telling all countries that these camps were a threat not just to India but also to the entire world.

The Minister denied any pressure on New Delhi from Washington against exercising military option against Islamabad in the wake of the Mumbai attacks as the U.S. was engaged in a war on terror in Afghanistan. “No responsible country will say after 26/11 India must not take any precautionary steps.”

The armed forces were in a state of preparedness and ready to meet any eventuality, he pointed out.

“Nothing new”

There was nothing new in the reported move by Pakistan seeking the help of China to ease the pressure being exerted by India following the Mumbai attacks, he said.

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