Former minister demands centre's explanation on cross border terror

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Jammu, Sep 16 (UNI) Former minister of state for defence, Prof Chaman Lal Gupta today asked the UPA-led central government as to why it had failed to press Pakistan not to use territory under its control for cross border terrorism.

Commenting on Army's statement that about presence of 53 terrorist training camps in across the border and 5000 trained militants waiting to intrude into Indian side, Prof Gupta said, UPA government owed an explanation as why it had failed to press Pakistan to keep up the agreement that the territory under its control of Pakistan would be allowed for cross border terrorism.'' ''During the NDA regime, the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had commenced the peace process with Pakistan in which cessation of cross border terrorism was the core issue, he noted.

''Now the Army reports that 53 training camps of ultras are still operating in PoK and 5000 trained militants were waiting to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir,'' the former minister said.

Prof Gupta charged the Centre with not being transparent over its Kashmir policy and taking decisions on ''communal considerations.'' UNI VBH VJ VD BD1943

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