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Kasab’s verdict is a message to terror elements: Antony

New Delhi: Defence Minister A.K. Antony on Friday said the verdict against lone surviving Pakistani terrorist of the 26/11 attacks, Ajmal Amir Kasab, is a “clear message” to terror outfits in Pakistan.

Interacting with media on the sidelines of Golden Jubilee celebration of the Border Road Organisation (BRO) here, Antony said the verdict has proved that India can take strong action against criminals and terrorists.

“It (verdict) is a clear message to the terrorists outfits, organizations and groups working there across the border”, Antony said.

It has been proved by this judgment… under the present law itself… if there is a will we can take strong action and we can send a proper message to all the criminals and terrorists,” he added.

Antony said the verdict also showed that the present law is sufficient to punish criminals and culprits like Kasab.

Commenting on Pakistan using U.S.—supplied weapons in a military exercise focusing on India’s western borders, Antony said the Americans had already been warned of the possibility that the equipment supplied by it to fight the Taliban would be diverted to target India.

“We have already conveyed our concern about transfer of (U.S.) equipment to Pakistan. We told them (Americans) our fear, even though US is giving equipment to Pakistan to fight against Taliban,” he said.

“We feel there is every possibility of (Pakistan) diverting most of them to the Indian borders. We told the U.S. that they have to be careful about that,” Antony added.

Commenting on alleged involvement of an army major in cyber security, Antony said the investigation is on.

An Amry officer was interrogated by Military Intelligence (MI) and other intelligence agencies.

This is a clear cut case of cyber security breach but espionage has not been proved.

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