India complains of militant training camps in Pakistan
India's defence minister said yesterday there were dozens of Islamic militant training camps active near Pakistan's border with India that had not been dismantled by authorities there.
"As long as the terrorist camps are functioning in the border areas in Pakistan soil, certainly there is a threat to India, and it is a fact," AK Antony said in the southern state of Kerala, PTI news agency reported.
On Monday, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said that militants in Pakistan were plotting new attacks on India and urged security forces to stay on high alert.
Singh underlined that cross-border terrorism remained a "most pervasive" threat.
In response, Pakistan assured India of its "fullest cooperation" in preventing fresh acts of terror and asked India to share specific information about threats.
In the wake of his remarks, India's deputy high commissioner was called to Pakistan's foreign ministry and told Singh's remarks "warrant serious and prompt attention," the ministry said in a statement.
The deputy high commissioner was informed that "the government of Pakistan would like to extend its fullest cooperation to pre-empt any act of terror."
India has boosted its security to prevent assaults after November's attacks in the country's financial capital Mumbai, in which gunmen killed 166 people.
"In all sincerity, we would request India to share information that they have and for our part we stand ready to cooperate fully in pre-empting any act of terror," the Pakistan statement said.
It said that terrorism could only be combated by serious, sustained and pragmatic cooperation.
Relations between India and Pakistan deteriorated after attacks in the Indian financial capital Mumbai in November, in which gunmen killed 166 people.
India blamed the attacks on Pakistan-based militants and broke off a five-year-long peace process aimed at resolving outstanding issues between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
Pakistan has accepted that the assault on Mumbai was partly planned on its soil and arrested five people who India said were behind the attack.
Antony said that despite India's continuous urging, however, no Islamic militant camps had been completely dismantled along the India-Pakistan border.
The two countries have fought three wars since independence in 1947 and came dangerously close to a fourth following an attack on the Indian parliament in 2001 by militants New Delhi said came from Pakistan.