New Delhi: India has been a “victim of the most vicious kind of terrorism” for the past 20 years that Pakistan continues to support as a “political and economic weapon,” foreign secretary Nirupama Rao has said.
Speaking at the National Defence College in New Delhi, Rao noted that “political expediency, short-term gains, geopolitical considerations, faulty analysis, double standards” have blurred the view on how to tackle terrorism—an apparent reference to Pakistan’s efforts to curb terrorism.
India is “firmly against the use of terror-induced coercion by Pakistan as a means to force its unifocal agenda on relations with India,” she added.
India broke off a four-year-old peace process with Pakistan after terrorists attacked Mumbai in November 2008, killing 166 people over three days. India blamed Pakistan-backed terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and sections of Pakistan’s military spy agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) for the planning and execution of the attack.