Dismantling terror setup in Pakistan’s interest, says India

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Amid a wave of terror blasts in Pakistan, India Sunday said dismantling terrorist infrastructure was in Islamabad’s own ‘interest’.

‘We want development and peace in neighbourhood for stability. It is in the interest of Pakistan and international community to dismantle terror infrastructure,’ External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters here.

Mukherjee said India wants peace and development in the neighbourhood. He was reacting to the recent spate of terror bombings in Pakistan.

In the latest attack, at least 22 people were killed and dozens injured Sunday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shia mosque in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

On Saturday, a suicide bomber targeted paramilitary troops deployed in Islamabad’s upmarket neighbourhood where several embassies, UN offices and residences of foreign diplomats are located. Eight soldiers and a civilian died and 12 other people were injured.

Welcoming the introduction of a bill in the US Congress to give financial aid to Pakistan with certain conditions, Mukherjee said: ‘Any effort by the international community to ensure that Pakistan fulfils its international obligations is welcome.’

According to the bill, Pakistan should stop giving assistance to terror groups across the border to become eligible to get financial assistance.