Pak not taken enough steps to control terror: Rao

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New Delhi, Jan 27 (PTI) Dubbing terrorism emanating fromacross the border as "Frankenstein''s monster", India todaysaid Pakistan has not taken enough steps to control the menacewhich is out to harm it.

"There are elements in Pakistan who believe terrorism isthe means to further Pakistani interests..There are elementswithin the Pakistani state that have not done enough tocontrol these groups," Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said atan interaction with visiting journalists from Afghanistan.

She recounted the tale of a monster created by scientistFrankenstein in British author Mary Shelley''s eponymous novel''Frankenstein''. The monster, created from body parts ofexhumed corpses, turns to threaten the scientist himself.

"There are elements within the Pakistani state that havenot done enough to control these groups. In fact they haveallowed it to grow stronger and that is the danger that iseating the country. It is like Frankenstein''s monster...

Pakistan has created that Frankenstein''s monster," Rao said.

She said there were elements in Pakistan who believe thatterrorism is a means to further their country''s interests.

However, she was quick to add that not everybody inPakistan thought on similar lines.

"I am sure the people of Pakistan want peace and civilitybut there are groups in Pakistan who feel violence is a wayout," she said.

Rao said the source of terrorism affecting the region wasin Pakistan and it was a big problem for the Pakistani societyitself.

"It(terrorism) is a big problem for the Pakistani societytoday. They will have to root out this evil definitely andthat will help all of us in the region," she said.

Referring to the 26/11 attacks and proof gathered byinvestigators pointing out to involvement of Pakistan-basedgroups behind it, the Foreign Secretary said, "These areproblems that are coming out of Pakistan. The Mumbai terrorattacks...the terrorists came from Pakistan by boat...the lonesurviving gunman is from Pakistan. There is lot of proof toconfirm our suspicion."

She said the people in Pakistan feel that India has beentargetting their country but the fact was that the illness wasin that country itself.

"The fact is that the illness, the sickness is inPakistan itself. Unless they treat it, it is not going to helpPakistan or the region," Rao said.

Later, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna addressedthe visiting journalists and handed over certificates for thetraining programme organised by the Indian Institute of MassCommunication for them.

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