India Still Vulnerable to 26/11 Type of Attacks: Chidambaram

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has said that India is still vulnerable to a Mumbai-style militant attack. He made the comment following a number of militant strikes in Pakistan.

While the first anniversary of the attacks in Mumbai is nearing, Chidambaram warned that any further attacks would be met with a “swift and decisive” response.

“My assessment is that the vulnerability has remained the same since 26/11,” Chidambaram said in a rare interview, referring to attacks on 26 November. “There has declined nor improved.”

“Our ability to deal with him (the terrorist threat) has increased significantly.”

“If there is another terrorist threat or a terrorist attack we saw on the 26/11, India’s response will be swift and decisive,” said Chidambaram.

India wants Pakistan to jail Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, founder of the outlawed Lashkar-e-Toiba militant group blamed for the attacks, before resuming a peace process broke last year.

“Even if they wish, take action against the instigators of 26/11, that (the Pakistani government) may not have the capacity to act,” said Chidambaram.

“This failure could encourage some wild elements, some rogue elements, to be adventurous.

“I’m sure they’re planning (more attacks), but to what extent the State openly supports can not say … my guess is that state support does not exist to the extent that he was there in 2008.”

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