NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- India said Friday it would recall its ambassador from Pakistan and shut down rail and bus links between the nations in response to a suicide attack on Parliament that it blames on Pakistan-based militants.
The actions will take effect on Jan. 1, said External Affairs Ministry spokeswoman Nirupama Rao. She would not address questions on whether India meant to break diplomatic ties.
The delay in halting the travel connections is to allow citizens of both countries to get home, Rao said. She did not say how long the suspension would last.
"Since the Dec. 13 attack on Parliament, we have seen no attempt on the part of Pakistan to take action against the organizations involved," Rao told a press conference.
She reiterated that India has demanded Pakistan's government to shut down two Islamic militant organizations that New Delhi has accused of carrying out the attack that left 14 people dead, including five assailants.
India has demanded that Pakistan arrest the leaders of the two groups -- Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and Jaish-e-Mohammed -- and freeze their assets.
Both groups have denied involvement in the attack. Pakistan has rejected India's accusations that its intelligence service supported the attack and said it would take no action until India supplied proof.
India responded by saying it had given proof to the United States, Britain and other Indian allies.
"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," Rao said.
India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947.
The bus service was seen as a pathbreaking peace gesture between the two hostile neighbors, whose citizens often face tough restrictions in traveling across the border.
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