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  • Isolate Pakistan for using terrorism as state policy: PM

    New Delhi (PTI): In tough talk, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday accused Pakistan of utilizing terrorism as an instrument of state policy and said the world community must be convinced to isolate and compel those countries to abandon such tactics.

    A day after India handed over to Islamabad and to other countries evidence of Pakistani elements' links to 26/11 Mumbai attacks, he said they were carried out by Pak-based terror outfit, the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

    "On the basis of investigations carried out, (including by agencies of some foreign countries whose nationals were killed in the attack), there is enough evidence to show that, given the sophistication and military precision of the attack, it must have had the support of some official agencies in Pakistan," he said.

    Addressing a day-long conference of Chief Ministers on the internal security, Singh said concerns may exist that the country's defence mechanism to thwart the numerous threats were inadequate and there was need to review the effectiveness of set up for the collection of technical signal and human intelligence.

    He emphasised that the Centre and state governments must attempt to this national task with speed, efficiency and utmost dedication.

    Chief Ministers of the opposition NDA ruled state including Narendra Modi (Gujarat) and Nitish Kumar (Bihar), however, expressed reservations over the constitution of federal agency -- National Investigation Agency -- and amendments to criminal laws without consultations with states.

    While Modi said the setting up of NIA was contrary to federal spirit and an attempt at "sidetracking" the states in the fight against terror, Kumar said NIA could result in "duplication" of agencies.

    The Bihar Chief Minister wanted a bar on NIA from taking cases other than terror without the consent of states.

    Opening the conference, Home Minister P Chidambaram said the Indian response to terrorism cannot be reactive but has to be proactive.

    "It would also be necessary to put in place a clear command structure in the case of a terrorist threat or a terrorist attack. There must be no ambiguity or confusion about who is incharge," he said.

    Pointing out that terrorism should not be conceptualised solely in military terms, the Prime Minister while taking all measures necessary to prevent terrorist attacks, it must also be simultaneously ensured that the concept of terrorism was de-legitimised through better investigation and superior intelligence.

    He said terrorism was largely sponsored from outside the country mainly Pakistan, which has utilised it "as an instrument of State policy".

    "We must convince the world community that states that use terrorism as an instrument of foreign policy, must be isolated and compelled to abandon such tactics," the Prime Minister said, adding the country has to press the point that "soft" support for terrorism cannot any longer be endorsed.

    He also said those incharge of terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan have resorted to other stratagems to infiltrate terrorists into India via Nepal and Bangladesh though it has not totally ceased via the Line of Control.

    The Prime Minister said India faced severe challenge from terrorist groups operating from outside the country during the past year. Many of them act in association with hostile intelligence agencies in these countries.

    "The attempt has been to exploit our vulnerabilities and at times they do succeed as is evident from the terrorist attack in Mumbai.

    "Our problems are compounded by the fact that we have a highly unpredictable and uncertain security environment in our immediate neighbourhood. The Governments in some of our neighbouring countries are very fragile in nature.

    "The more fragile the government, the more it tends to act in an irresponsible fashion. Pakistan's responses to our various demarches on terrorist attacks is an example," the Prime Minister said.

    Though India's external policies had been dictated by a desire to have supportive neighbour, he said "unfortunately, we cannot choose our neighbours, and some countries like Pakistan have in the past encouraged and given sanctuary to terrorist and other forces who are antagonistic to India."

    Singh said India tried to minimise the impact of such hostility by fencing the border along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir from where the vast majority of the infiltrations into India tended to take place. Currently fencing was also going on at the border with Bangladesh, from where also a number of infiltrations have been reported.

    The Prime Minister said India faced severe challenge from terrorist groups operating from outside the country during the past year. Many of them act in association with hostile intelligence agencies in these countries.

    "The attempt has been to exploit our vulnerabilities and at times they do succeed as is evident from the terrorist attack in Mumbai.

    "Our problems are compounded by the fact that we have a highly unpredictable and uncertain security environment in our immediate neighbourhood. The Governments in some of our neighbouring countries are very fragile in nature.

    "The more fragile the government, the more it tends to act in an irresponsible fashion. Pakistan's responses to our various demarches on terrorist attacks is an example," the Prime Minister said.

    Though India's external policies had been dictated by a desire to have supportive neighbour, he said "unfortunately, we cannot choose our neighbours, and some countries like Pakistan have in the past encouraged and given sanctuary to terrorist and other forces who are antagonistic to India."

    Singh said India tried to minimise the impact of such hostility by fencing the border along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir from where the vast majority of the infiltrations into India tended to take place. Currently fencing was also going on at the border with Bangladesh, from where also a number of infiltrations have been reported.

    The Prime Minister said "consequent upon this, those incharge of terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan have resorted to other stratagems to infiltrate terrorists into India". Infiltration is occurring from Nepal and from Bangladesh, though it has not totally ceased via the LoC.

    "We are aware that the sea route is another option that is now being exercised. A few interceptions have taken place, though we failed to intercept the 10 Pakistani terrorists who came by sea from Karachi," he said. Chidambaram said there was "ample evidence" of existence of terrorist modules and "many sleeper cells" in the country.

    The home minister asked the chief ministers to strengthen the intelligence gathering function at the ground level (police station) in their respective states. "There must be at least one person of the rank of the head constable or an assistant sub-inspector who is exclusively charged with this (intelligence gathering) responsibility -- and is burdened with no other work," he said.




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