Delhi flays Islamabad over terror charges


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New Delhi: Reacting to Islamabad's most recent accusation that the Indian government was "playing a dangerous game" by backing terror groups in Pakistan, New Delhi on Monday said that it was a classic case of "burning one's hands" while playing with fire.

"Terror groups active in Pakistan are nothing but Pakistan's own creation. For long, Pakistan has been sponsoring terror in India. What's happening in Pakistan is its own doing. It's like you play with fire and you burn your hands," highly placed sources in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) told Gulf News.

Pakistani intelligence and military officials, in an interview to Gulf News last week, accused India of "playing a dangerous game" by supporting extremist groups believed to be behind recent bombings and target killing in major cities of Pakistan.

Wild allegations

India on Monday condemned Pakistani authorities for making such "wild accusations". "Indians have always been the victims of terrorism openly backed by ISI [Inter Services Intelligence] and Pakistani military. It's rather strange that now they are holding us responsible for the mess that they are in," the sources stated.

However, India expressed concern at the loss of lives caused by a spate of recent bomb blasts and other terror activities in various parts of Pakistan.

"We sympathise with Pakistan over the loss of lives. We know that so many families have been destroyed and so many children have been rendered orphans. We are the victims of terror so we know what loss it is when innocent people die for no reason. We feel unhappy when we hear about terror attacks in Pakistan," the sources added.

India also advised Pakistan to "de-activate" terrorist groups flourishing on its soil.

"Pakistan has the switch to de-activate terrorist groups. It's up to them what they want. India has nothing to do with terrorism. Absolutely nothing," they averred.

When told that ISI officials and some senior army personnel in Pakistan allege to have "evidence" of Indian involvement in the terrorist attacks in Karachi and Lahore, the government said that "those at the helm of affairs in Pakistan need some outlet to release their own frustrations".

Destabilisation fear

"Pakistan has a clear distinction of a rogue state. It also has a clear distinction of a terrorism-sponsoring nation. The leaders there just need to vent out their frustrations," said sources at senior positions in the External Affairs Ministry.

A senior ISI official had alleged last week that India attempts to "destabilise Pakistan" by supporting, by "funds and arms", militant groups in Karachi, the economic hub of the country.

"People are getting money from India to create problems for Pakistan in Karachi and other areas. India should understand that it will be affected most if Pakistan is destabilised," the Pakistani intelligence officials had told the Gulf News in Islamabad.

Reacting to the statement of the ISI officials, the sources said that India does not believe in any kind of terror — neither good terror nor bad terror.

"There are two kinds of terror for Pakistan: if it's directed against India, its good terror but if they can't handle their own monsters, its bad terror."