India's top national security official has accused Pakistan of trying to stir up Sikh militancy in northern Punjab state, striking a sour note ahead of direct talks this week between the rivals.
The accusation by National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan came in the wake of a bomb blast Sunday in a packed cinema in the state's industrial city of Ludhiana that killed six people and injured 32 others.
"There has been a manifest attempt in Pakistan to build up a radical Sikh environment," Narayanan was quoted as saying by the Indian Express daily.
"We had intelligence about four to six months back that a lot of effort was going into attempts to foment militancy," he said.