- The Washington Times - Monday, January 20, 2003

NEW DELHI, Jan. 20 (UPI) — Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee sought international action Monday against Pakistan's alleged support to terrorist activities.

Vajpayee said that Islamabad had become a center of terrorist activity despite Pakistan being part of an international coalition to fight against terror.

"Although Pakistan is a member of international coalition formed to fight against terrorism, it is Pakistan where terrorists are gathering," Vajpayee told reporters at Port Blair island.

"They have contacts with terrorists in other parts of the globe and yet there is no action taken against them," Vajpayee said while reacting to Pakistan President Pervez Musharaff's statement that Pakistan is the international community's next target for war after Iraq.

The Indian premier also lambasted Islamabad for the alleged misbehavior with an Indian diplomat in the Pakistani capital on Sunday.

"What does Pakistan want? Our envoy has been ill-treated in Islamabad. His car was stopped and other obstacles were created in his way," the Press Trust of India quoted Vajpayee as saying.

New Delhi alleged that its senior diplomat Sudhir Vyas was manhandled in Islamabad, a charge Pakistan has denied.

India's Foreign Office said, "We have received reports of the tailing and harassment of Vyas. This falls into a consistent pattern of harassment of Indian diplomats by Pakistani agencies and gross violation of the bilateral code of conduct as well as international norms and the Vienna Convention."

Both countries have often accused each other's diplomats of spying. Several diplomats have been expelled from both sides.

The nations have fought three wars since gaining independence from Britain in 1947.





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