Terror modules in India supported by Pak: Antony

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New Delhi, Sep 18: Defence Minister of India, A K Antony accused Pakistan of supporting terror modules existing in India on Thursday, Sep 18. He stated that it was a 'serious' matter and the country will defeat the designs of the destablising forces. "Militants are getting support from across the border and it is a fact. Already the home minister (Shivraj Patil) and others in the government have expressed their opinion on this. It is a matter of serious concern," Antony told in New Delhi on the sidelines of a seminar by a defence thinktank.

The minister made this statement responding to a query on Pakistan's support to terrorism in India, in the wake of serial blasts in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Rajasthan. "Pakistan is in transition to democracy again and we wish that there must be peace and stability (in that country). That is India's wish. The recent Delhi blasts have been a serious matter to the Government and the Government is committed in tracking the forces behind the blasts" Antony said.

On the increased infiltration attempts by militants along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu Kashmir, the Minister said the recent Pakistan Army firing along the LoC was mainly to assist infiltration by militants. "Indian armed forces are vigilant. By and large, we have been able to defeat the attempts of militants. The coming few months are crucial and we have to be more alert. The armed forces have asked to be more vigilant," he said at the event organised by thinktank CENJOWS.

Army chief General Deepak Kapoor, endorsing the views of the Defence Minister, said infiltration was on the rise.

"Infiltration has increased in the past one-and-half months. As of now normalcy is returning to Jammu and Kashmir, and the militants are trying to destabilise it," he said.

Kapoor said army had foiled an infiltration attempt by militants at Tangdhar sector of Jammu Kashmir on Sunday, Sep 13 killing two ultras.

"We are ready to face any challenge. All attempts to infiltrate will be beaten. We will not allow J&K situation to be disturbed and the degree of normalcy is maintained," he added.

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