India would have no choice but to respond to another attack on its territory from Pakistan-based militants, the country’s home minister told the US in 2009 according to a leaked diplomatic cable.
P Chidambaram expressed frustration at Pakistan’s unwillingness to crack down on militant groups during talks with US Under Secretary of State Bill Burns, according to a June 2009 cable from the WikiLeaks.
Discussing the prospect of another attack in India after the Mumbai 2008 assault that left 166 people dead, the home minister noted that “the people of India will expect us to respond. We won’t have any other choice.”
Chidambaram asked Burns to treat groups “”aimed at India”” in the same way we treated “”the groups directed against Americans in Afghanistan.””
The minister was quoted as saying that it was unfortunate that the United States was unable to stop Pakistan from allowing terrorist groups to form and launch attacks against India. “”We know you have tried, but it seems to go nowhere.””
The Mumbai carnage, in which 10 gunmen stormed the city and laid siege to luxury hotels, a train station and a Jewish centre, was blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group.
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