New Delhi, Feb.27 (ANI): The Union Home Minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram, on Thursday said that the dossier provided to Pakistan by India is an authentic document and sound in its analysis.
Presenting his report on the security situation and other related issues in the country for February, the Home Minister said: "The highlight of the month was the charge sheet filed by the Mumbai Police on the terror attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008. India's case was summarized in the dossier that was prepared and given to the External Affairs Minister on January 1, 2009 and that was shared with many countries including Pakistan."
"Even if I say so, the dossier was an irrefutable document, solid on its facts and sound in its analysis. After prevaricating for several weeks, Pakistan was forced to admit that its territory was used to plot and carry out the terrorist attacks. That admission was a signal victory for the UPA Government's cerebral foreign policy and coercive diplomacy," said P. Chidambaram.
"Pakistan appears to have made a start in investigating the origins of the terror attacks in Mumbai. We expect Pakistan to take the investigations to their logical conclusion and prosecute and punish the perpetrators of the crime," he added.
The Home Minister informed that the government was preparing replies to the queries put forward by the Pakistan Government in the Mumbai terror attack case.
"On our part, we are formulating the answers to the questions raised by Pakistan. Many of the answers are contained in the charge sheet filed by the Mumbai Police which is a public document," the Home Minister said.
"Countering cross-border terrorism is, to a large degree, a mind game. Our diplomacy has yielded results. I may add that we will back our diplomatic efforts with a high degree of preparedness to meet any terrorist threat or attack," said Chidambaram, while presenting his third report and highlighting MHA's role in it.
Also, the government is of the view to back its diplomatic efforts with a high degree of preparedness to meet any terrorist threat or attack in future.
"We will back our diplomatic efforts with a high degree of preparedness to meet any terrorist threat or attack," Chidambaram said.
On security arrangement, ahead of upcoming General Elections, Chidambaram said that while the last three months had been difficult and presented a challenge, the next three months would be even more difficult and present greater challenges.
"Every day we receive information and intelligence on threats to our security. These will only multiply in the run up to the General Elections. The period up to the elections will witness mobilization of the people and greater activity on the part of political workers in every part of the country. They can help us by sharing information with the Government on any unusual or suspicious activity, and I appeal to them to do so. MHA and the security forces will remain vigilant. We have also asked the States to remain at a high degree of alertness during this period."
On steps by government witnessing Bangldesh Rifles' mutiny, Chidambaram informed that "security on the Indo-Bangladesh border and Indo-Pakistan border is being strengthened."
Stating the government has approved enhancing the security at the Delhi's Metro trains, the minister said: "An additional 1,633 posts were approved for security of Delhi Metro, doubling the total number of security personnel for Delhi Metro (to 3,266)." (ANI)