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India to take up with Pak financial aid to JuD: Khurshid

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 18 June 2013, 10:22 PM

India on Tuesday said it will take up with Islamabad the allocation of over Rs 61 million in Pakistan's Punjab province budget to a centre of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the parent body of terror group LeT that had carried out the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

"I can't comment on what the state government in Pakistan is doing. Whatever comes to our knowledge and is a concern for our security will be taken up with Pakistan federal government," External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said.

He was replying to a query on Pakistan's Punjab province government allocating over Rs 61 million in its budget for fiscal 2013-14 for the largest centre of the JuD, the parent body of banned terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba that carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

"Don't want to shoot from the hip but if it's authentic, then we will bring it to the notice of the federal government. "You can be sure that we will not turn a blind eye to something that concerns us. It would appropriately be brought to their notice," he told a news channel.

He said he was hopeful that Pakistan will act upon it appropriately. "Let's not jump to conclusions. We have received positive signals. Have to see how they can be converted to substantive delivery," he said.

"Hypothetically, anyone who supports Hafiz Saeed is notdoing things in the interest of India. If there is informationthat is adverse to our interest, then we will do what we areduty-bound to do," he said. 

First Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 10:20 PM
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