'Shahzad's arrest confirms India's stand on Pak'

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'Shahzad's arrest confirms India's stand on Pak'
New Delhi, May 6: External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Wednesday, May 6, said that arrest of Pakistan-origin national in the failed New York Times Square bombing justifies India's repeated stand that Pakistan is the epicentre of terror activities.

"The development in relation to New York"s Times Square bombing attempt is the vindication of India"s oft repeated stand that Pakistan has been the epicentre of terror activities," Krishna said in the Rajya Sabha during the Question Hour when BJP question whether the government would bring to US notice on India's concern on Pakistan being the breeding ground for terrorism.

Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-American was arrested for the failed New York Times Square bombing.

On the government's stand regarding U.S." plan to supply drone aircrafts to Pakistan, he said that constant vigil is necessary to know the neighbouring country"s usage of arms.

"During all our high level deliberations with the U.S., whether it is at PM"s level, my level or the foreign secretary level, we tell them about the relentless threat we face from Pakistan whenever it receives such assistance. We have consistently shared our concerns with the US on supply of military equipments to Pakistan by it," he said.

"We have always drawn the U.S." attention and cautioned it about our past experience which shows that it has always been used against us. However, the U.S. administration has assured us that regular monitoring is done by it on the usage of military equipment by Pakistan. We are also monitoring it," he added.

The External Affairs Minister said that India made sure that US is made aware of its concern over the such transaction between the two countries and 'how there is always a lurking danger hanging on our head'.

"The U.S. government has assured us that our concerns would be kept in mind while giving such assistance and that the use of such assistance would be monitored," he said.

"The U.S. government has assured us that our concerns would be kept in mind while giving such assistance and that the use of such assistance would be monitored," he added.

However, he said that India was not against assiting Pakistan to fight against terrorism.

" India has not opposed assistance being provided to Pakistan to help it combat terrorism. In regard to supply of drones to Pakistan, Indian government has commented that the US government was free to supply military hardware to Pakistan as long as it was not directed against us," he added.

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