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Pak failed to control terrorism: Stagg
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 4:
Published on 5 Mar. 2009 1:12 AM IST
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British high commissioner to India, Richard Stagg on Wednesday expressed concerns on Pakistan’s failure to control terrorism. “The whole world has acknowledged that terrorism has been accorded as a top-priority to act against terror and Pakistan needs to do more to control terrorism,” Stagg told reporters at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong. He said terrorism whether it is in Pakistan or Bangladesh must be tackled first by the affected nation. “International support is very much needed to root out terror as it has cross border dimension,” the British diplomat said. In the aftermath of Mumbai attacks, he said, United Kingdom had helped India in the investigation process. “We seriously need to involve all the countries in our fight against terror and this should be considered as a priority area,” he said. Stagg said the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team at Lahore has caused ‘great anxiety’ in the global community. “It’s a sad day. The perpetrators of the attack must be booked to generate confidence in the minds of the international community,” he asserted. The British High Commissioner, however, appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to fight terror and also offered Britain’s help to train Pakistani troops to deal with the problem. “Every country should prioritize the urgent need to fight terror. We (countries) must study the origin of terror and at the same time the countries should act tough with the terrorists on a parallel level,” he opined. When asked, Stagg strongly felt that the underlying problem that leads to terrorism may be due to the socio economic inequalities or injustice. He said the Irish Republican Army (IRA), which is listed as a terrorists outfit by Britain, rode on public sympathy by exaggerating the community’s socio-economic depredation to carry out ‘terror attacks’. “We need to be analysed (terror), but the countries cannot be soft on terror, rather they should be hard on perpetrators of violence,” he said. On Bangladesh Rifles’ mutiny, the British diplomat said, “it is an internal problem of the country and the issue should be solved expeditiously.”

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