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Press Statement issued on recalling of High Commissioner of India to Pakistan

December 21, 2001
New Delhi

Since the December 13 attack on the Parliament, we have seen no attempts on the part of Pakistan to take action against the organisations involved.

India's Foreign Secretary had, in a meeting with the Pakistan High Commissioner on December 14, elaborated on some of the steps that were required and were also mandated by international law.

In view of this complete lack of concern on the part of Pakistan and its continued promotion of cross-border terrorism, the Government of India has decided to recall its High Commissioner in Islamabad.

It has been further decided that the services of the Samjhauta Express and the bus service between Delhi and Lahore would be terminated with effect from 1st January, 2002. The extended time is being given so as to enable citizens of the two countries who have traveled recently using these services to return to their homes.