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PM talks tough on terror, US tells Pak to stop Anti-India terror groups
New Delhi/ Washington, OCT 22 (PTI/IANS):
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Published on 23 Oct. 2010 12:05 AM IST
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Indicating that Pakistan continued to give sanctuary to anti-India elements, PM Manmohan Singh on Friday said India had full capability to combat terrorism and will remain one step ahead of the terrorists.
He was speaking in the Capital in the presence of the chiefs of the Army, Navy and Air Force and also the King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuk, who is visiting India.
“Terrorist groups enjoy patronage and sanctuary,” he said indicating that Pakistan continues to engage in terrorist activities against India.
“We will ensure that our capabilities to combat terrorism remain a step ahead of those of the terrorists. They should be left in no doubt about our ability and resolve to defeat them,” he added.
Condemning state sponsored violence, PM said, “India opposes unilateral use of force for resolving disputes.” He also said that, “India supports adopting convention on international terrorism.”
On the issue of a strong security apparatus, PM Singh said, “We have to be prepared to deal with threats to our security from non-state actors and groups and modernise our defence doctrines to respond to new and non-traditional threats to our security”.
He added that, “Military preparedness and modernisation of defence forces are matters of the highest priority for the government.”
Reiterating India’s stand on nuclear disarmament, Singh said, “India supports global universal non-discriminatory nuclear disarmament.”
On the threat posed by the Naxals to the internal security of India, Singh said, “Naxalism and Left wing extremism pose the greatest threats to national security, but the state cannot and will not allow its authority to be challenged.”
Praising India’s strong economy, the PM said, “Economic fundamentals of the country are very strong.”
US warns Pakistan
Getting tough with Pakistan, the United States has told visiting Pakistani leaders to stop all terrorist elements within its border that pose a threat to India and Afghanistan and also rejected Islamabad’s request to intervene in the Kashmir dispute.
In the on-going strategic dialogue, the US said that the Kashmir dispute should be resolved through bilateral talks between India and Pakistan.
“We will continue to work with Pakistan, try to find ways to put pressure on these extremist elements that represent a threat to Pakistan, a threat to Afghanistan, a threat to India, a threat to the region as a whole and a threat to the United States,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told foreign media Thursday.
“So this security and counter-terrorism remains a significant part of our strategic dialogue,” he said.
The dialogue led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is also attended by Pakistan’s powerful army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.
On Kashmir, Crowley said: “We recognise the importance of Kashmir to both India and Pakistan. We absolutely want to see tensions eased and ultimately a resolution to the situation in Kashmir.”
“That we believe needs to come through additional dialogue between Pakistan and India. We have not been asked by both countries to play a particular role. This is the reason why, for a number of reasons we continue to encourage further dialogue between India and Pakistan,” he said in response to a question. Crowley described both India and Pakistan as US allies and said his country will continue to encourage both countries in their efforts to achieve piece and stability in the region.
His comments came a day after Qureshi sought US intervention in resolving the Kashmir issue.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Policy magazine’s blog ‘The Cable’ reported that the get tough with terrorists message was delivered personally by US President Barack Obama to the visiting Pakistani delegation during a meeting with National Security Advisor in-waiting Tom Donilon.
Qureshi, Kayani, Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and Pakistan Ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani were among those present at the meeting.
Obama dropped by and stayed for 50 minutes, according to an official who was there, and personally delivered the tough message that other top US officials have been communicating since the Pakistani delegation arrived, the Cable said.
Earlier Wednesday, Clinton dropped in unannounced during an another meeting between Special US Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke and Kayani.
“She delivered the message that Washington’s patience is wearing thin with Pakistan’s ongoing reluctance to take a more aggressive stance against militant groups operating from Pakistan over the Afghan border,” The Cable reported.
A similar message was delivered to General Kayani in another high-level meeting Wednesday at the Pentagon with Defence Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman admiral Mike Mullen.

 
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