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European Parliament condemns Pakistan

K.V. Prasad

Accuses Islamabad of supporting the Taliban


Call to re-evaluate the size and objectives of financial aid package to Pakistan

Infiltration of extremist elements into Pakistan's security services feared


NEW DELHI: The European Parliament (EP) passed two declarations against the Pakistan government condemning it for its support to the Taliban and instructed the European Commission to re-evaluate the size of financial packages provided to Islamabad to eradicate terrorists from its soil.

A statement on Friday said these declarations came after recognising the need for urgent measures to be taken for the safety and security of EU, “as Pakistan didn't stop supporting the Taliban and has been involved in supporting export of terrorism to EU countries.”

Expressing the EU's worry, one declaration warned about infiltration of the Taliban in Pakistan governmental structures especially military, intelligence and security establishment and cited U.S. President Barack Obama's 2009 warning of Taliban “snatching a nuclear weapon in transport or inserting sympathisers in laboratories.”

Intelligence sources, the declaration said, are now stating that the Taliban is continuously attempting to gain control over nuclear warheads, which clearly poses a threat to EU and the world, and called upon the European Commission to “re-evaluate the size and objectives” of its financial aid package to Pakistan depending on the sincere efforts of the government in Islamabad to eradicate terrorists “operating on and from'' its soil.

Since the 2004 agreement, the EU has granted over Euro 800 million aid to Pakistan towards projects and programmes, flood relief and also to address poverty in North-West Frontier Areas.

The Parliament also called upon the Vice President/high representatives to come up with an updated Security Strategy for EU on priority and ask senior experts to undertake a study of the security situation in the region. It also asked them to make sure that all EU operations and missions in the region are equipped and undertaken by personnel trained for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear terrorism.

In the backdrop of the assassination of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer by his bodyguard and the reaction of his close protection team, the second declaration said: it indicates infiltration of extremist elements into Pakistan' security services, responsible for safeguarding the country's nuclear arsenal.

Noting that extremism and terrorism is a threat to the stability of Pakistan, the South Asian region and to international security forces in Afghanistan, it said elements of Pakistan's intelligence and security services are suspected of giving “practical and financial support” to terror groups.

Calling on the Pakistan government to do more, and the EU and its member States to assist it, “in preventing extremist indoctrination, rooting out extremist infiltration of defence, police and security services, closing the training centres used by extremist groups for terrorist missions abroad, and controlling the activities of foreign extremists and potential recruits to extremism, the declaration also asked the EU and its member States to act decisively against those who directly or indirectly incite, facilitate or engage in terrorist acts.

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