India Exploring All Possibilities, Pak Not Serious on Terror: Antony
Defence Minister AK Antony has said that he doesn’t expect any ‘miracles’ from the dialogue with Pakistan, reported IANS.
Stating that India was ‘exploring all possibilities’, he said that Pakistan ‘was not taking serious steps’ to destroy 42 terror camps on its soil, said report.
“All the terror camps in Pakistan are active. Pakistan has not taken any serious steps to destroy these camps,” Antony was quoted as saying.
The minister made the remarks at a press conference on the sidelines of the launch of Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) offshore patrol vessel (OPV) Vishwast at the port town of Vasco, 30 km from Panaji.
He stressed that terrorist groups had India on their radar and there were 42 terror training camps in Pakistan which aimed at spreading terror in India, said report.
Antony reiterated that Pakistan had not seriously acted to check the terror apparatus aimed at New Delhi and that despite this, India would carry on talks with Pakistan, report said.
“However, I do not expect any miracles,” Antony was quoted as saying.
About cross-border infiltration from Pakistani side into India, the minister said that it was attributable to fast return of normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir, report said.
“Kashmir is becoming normal. Violence is less. This situation cannot be tolerated by forces inimical to India,” he was quoted as saying, adding that since ‘normalcy was coming to Kashmir fast, infiltration was increasing’.
Antony said that the Jammu and Kashmir Police had now become ‘efficient and committed’, said report.
Earlier, ICGS Vishwast was commissioned by Antony in the presence of the director general ICG, Anil Chopra, and Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat.
The 90-meter long ship is a state of the art vessel with infra red surveillance system, which enables it to detect targets at night and is designed to carry one helicopter and five high-speed boats for search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, exclusive economic zone surveillance and marine pollution response missions.