India says Pakistan shown as terror ‘sanctuary’

NEW DELHI, May 2, 2011 (AFP) – The killing of Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden near Islamabad is further evidence that terrorists find “sanctuary” in Pakistan, Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram said Monday. “We take note with grave concern that part of the statement in which President Obama said that the firefight in which Osama bin Laden was killed took place in Abbottabad ‘deep inside Pakistan’,” Chidambaram said in a statement.

“This fact underlines our concern that terrorists belonging to different organisations find sanctuary in Pakistan,” he said.

Reiterating India’s belief that perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai attacks — blamed on Pakistan-based militants — continue to be sheltered in Pakistan, the minister urged Islamabad to arrest suspects identified by Indian intelligence.

India has long accused Pakistan of providing shelter and logistical support to militant groups planning attacks on Indian soil.

Following the 2008 assault, in which 10 militant gunmen attacked multiple targets in Mumbai, killing 166 people, India suspended peace talks with its long-time South Asian rival. That dialogue was recently resumed, but India has continued to criticise Pakistan for not doing enough to