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Pak situation will have bearing on India: Pranab

Last updated on: October 22, 2009 14:01 IST

As security situation in Pakistan continues to deteriorate, India has said developments in the neighbouring country would have a "bearing" on its territory too.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee also appeared to draw Pakistan's attention to the danger of terrorism recoiling on it, as he said, "No state should accept the policy of sponsoring terrorism or encouraging terrorism or indulging in terrorism."

"Pakistan is a close neighbour of India. Therefore, what happens in Pakistan has a bearing (on India)," he said, when asked how India saw the situation in Pakistan which was rocked by terror strikes almost every day.

"If terrorism is bad to India, it is equally bad to Pakistan. If terrorism inflict injuries to India, it inflicts injuries to Pakistan also," said Mukherjee, who held the external affairs ministry portfolio in the first tenure of United Progressive Alliance.

India is watching with concern the situation in Pakistan, which has been shaken by a spate of terror attacks, including one at the headquarters of powerful Army in Islamabad. "When we talk of zero tolerance against terrorism, we mean zero tolerance of terrorism in every part of the world. We do not subscribe that one country will be victim of terrorism and another country will not be victim of terrorism," Mukherjee said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, while addressing top commanders of three defence services on Tuesday, appeared to reflect upon the situation in Pakistan as he said that the "situation in our neighbourhood has worsened".

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