New Delhi, Dec 15: Defence Minister, A K Antony on Tuesday, Dec 16 said, "India is not planning any military action against Pakistan, but it will have to take action against terrorists involved in the Mumbai attacks for the relations between the two countries to be normal."
Many reports earlier suggested that India was preparing for 'air strikes' against the terrororists training camps in Pakistan and other targets across the border, immediately after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. But Antony however refused to react to such reports.
Antony"s comments come in the wake of a CNN report which claimed that the Indian Air Force had begun 'preliminary preparations' for 'a possible attack' against Pakistan in the immediate aftermath of the Mumbai attacks. Sources say that it was United States which stepped immediately and assured India that Pakistan will deliver on Indian demands.
Incidentally, after Pakistan alleged intrusions by IAF fighters into its territory on Saturday, Dec 13 which were strongly denied by India, 'a lot of unusual activity' by Pakistani jets has been detected near the international maritime boundary line, south of Karachi, over the weekend.
India has repeatedly said that it was for normal ties with Pakistan, provided the later take action against the terror outfits which is carrying out operations like 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
However Pakistan denied all the allegations. Even after submitting proof that the terrorists were from Pakistan, it refused to allow foreign investigators to probe the Islamist militants detained in connection with last month's Mumbai attacks.
Yousuf Raza Gilani, Pakistan Prime Minister said in Parliament on Monday, Dec 15, "I want to assure you that when I met the British Prime Minister… he asked if ... we would allow them to investigate those people. I said 'we won't allow it'. It is our country and our laws will be implemented. We'll follow our laws."
Gordon Brown, the British Prime Minister on Sunday, Dec 14 met Indian and Pakistan counterparts and asked for permission for British police to question suspects arrested in both countries in connection with the Mumbai assault.
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)