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India Concerned Over Thriving Terror Camps In Pakistan: Antony

India is concerned over thriving terror camps in Pakistan, but the bilateral talks between the two sides would continue, Defence Minister A K Antony said on Wednesday."Still, more than 40 terror camps are working across
PTI May 12, 2010 20:11 IST
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India is concerned over thriving terror camps in Pakistan, but the bilateral talks between the two sides would continue, Defence Minister A K Antony said on Wednesday.

"Still, more than 40 terror camps are working across the border still intact. It is a matter of concern to us. On that, Pakistan should take action to dismantle the terrorist outfits.

"That apart, dialogue will continue," Antony told reporters on the sidelines of Defence Accounts Controllers conference in New Delhi.

"Talks will continue. But at the same time, we are concerned about existence of more than 40 terror camps. Pakistan must take sincere and strong action to dismantle terrorist outfits," he added.

To a query on the Defence Ministry appealing against a Delhi High Court order to accord permanent commission to women officers in the Army, Navy and Air Force, Antony said he would not "ignore" the views" of the armed forces on the matter.

He said after 60 years of India's independence, the government had in 2008 decided to accord permanent commission to women officers in seven streams of service in the armed forces for the first time.

"We have taken another policy decision to include more streams (to provide permanent commission to women officers). Before that there was no policy on this. Also, I cannot ignore the view of the armed forces," he added.

On UPA-II completing one year on office, Antony said on the day the government completes one year, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would meet the media and talk about it.

Asked if a decision had been taken on the action against Navy Commodore Sukhjinder Singh, who had come under the scanner for his involvement with Russian women while posted in Moscow for Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier repair project, the minister said he was yet to receive the probe findings in the case. PTI