New Delhi: Calling the embarrassing goof-up in the most wanted fugitives’ list as a ‘wake-up call’, Union Home Minister P Chidamabaram on Saturday asked the security agencies to become more vigilant and professional. The Home Minister however ruled out any apology for the lapse, saying that the goof-up does not damage country’s credibility.

Giving reference of the problems emerged in the neighbourhood, Chidamabaram directed the security agencies to maintain the vigil along the country’s borders.

The goof-up in the most wanted list of terrorists handed over to the Pakistan has brought major embarrassment for the government. But the Home Minister does not regard it as anything more than a wakeup call. "I don't think it damages credibility. I think it is a wakeup call for the agencies to become more professional," he said.

Chidambaram termed the lapse as a genuine human error, and said it will "not change the dynamics" of Indo-Pak relationship or the status of discussions between them.

He said, “It is embarrassing, but it will not change the dynamics of the relationship between India and Pakistan or status of discussions because Pakistan has always been dismissive of these lists".

Asked about the implications of the goof-up in the eyes of Pakistan and whether they would be dismissive of the Indian list he said, "These lists were exchanged in 2004, in 2007, in 2011. But they never acted on any list.”

The Home Minister also dismissed suggestions that after this blunder, Pakistan will grow dismissive about India's repeated requests to handover terror suspects sheltered in that country.

“We have expressed regret and we remain regretful. But I think we have carried the argument too far," he said.

Raise vigil along border

Meanwhile, at an investiture ceremony of the Border Security Force (BSF) here, Chidambaram asked the security forces to remain vigilant.

“We live in perhaps the most troubled neighbourhood in the world. In this troubled neighbourhood there are countries with governments that are extremely fragile and all this increases the level of threat to our security and our defence,” he said.

He also asked the Central Force, deployed for anti-naxal operations in Chhattisgarh and Orissa, to undertake "Intelligence based operations with minimum collateral damage" and supplement its work through a number of civic action programmes for the population in these areas.

The Home Minister assured the force that the government was firmly behind them and it "will provide them the best training, the best technology and the best working conditions."

JPN/Bureau