January 2003 News

Pakistan Has Re-established Terrorist Camps: Advani

22 January 2003
The Daily Excelsior

Doha: Pakistan has reactivated terrrorist camps on its soil after winding them up following the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US and it continues to give asylum to terrorists, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani said today. After September 11 attacks, Pakistan wound up terrorist camps on the border under international pressure but now now again the camps have been re-established and the asylums for terrorists in the country were continuing, Advani told accompanying reporters at the end of his two-day visit to Qatar. 'So long as the terrorist infrastructure continues and Pakistan maintains this help and unless the infrastructure is dismantled, there is no point in talking to Pakistan,' he said after his meeting with Qatarís ruler Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani. Advani said Pakistan has not responded so far to a list of 20 terrorists and criminals India wanted it to hand over. He said Qatarís Emir asked him about the state of Indiaís relations with Pakistan and 'I told him itís not normal. As long as violence continues and sponsorship of terrorism from across the border goes on the relations will not become normal.' He said the public opinion in India has been extremely agitated after the December 13 attack on Parliament and wants the Government to 'act'. The Government has been exercising tremendous restraint, he said. Advani said he told the Emir while India did not expect help from other countries to fight terrorism, the international community has to decide not to help countries which support terrorism.


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