No hot pursuit on terrorists operating from Pak: India


India on Wednesday virtually ruled out any hot pursuit on terrorists operating from Pakistan's soil by taking a leaf out of the Israeli air strikes on Gaza strip.

"So that incident or that event, (Israeli air strikes) we cannot draw any lessons for the way we deal with Pakistan," Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said when asked whether New Delhi can draw lessons from the Israeli air strikes to pursue terrorists in Pakistan.

He recalled that India had strongly criticised the Israeli strikes and urged the country to stop those attacks on Palestine.

Chidambaram said India's position has been made clear by Ministry of External Affairs.

'What more evidence Pakistan needs'

National Investigative Agency (NIA) Bill and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill on Wednesday became law as President Pratibha Patil gave her assent to these legislations which were passed in the last session of Parliament.

Home Minister P Chidambaram said that the Presidential assent has been received on Wednesday.

"The regulations have come into effect from today," Chidambaram said.

He said the NIA will get its Director General in a few days.

"NIA will be established to investigate terrorist offences. As and when any case is assigned to NIA, it will take up investigation," he said.

Chidambaram said the work is in progress to set up 20 counter insurgency and anti-terrorism schools in the country which will train personnel to tackle cases involving terrorists.

The Home Minister also announced that a round the clock information gathering and sharing centre on terrorism has come into effect from Wednesday.

He said the Ministry will soon bring before the Cabinet a note on establishing NSG hubs in four main cities of the country and more such hubs will be set up in other cities as well.

Asked about the cooperation from Pakistan in investigation of Mumbai terror attacks, Chidambaram said, "they are in a state of denial. Everything that we will give will be denied."

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