Tuesday, June 26, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Radicals to be detained
List being sent to UP, Delhi, Rajasthan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 25
The intelligence agencies have prepared a detailed list of persons belonging to several fundamental organisations, a number of which are based in Jammu and Kashmir, to be taken into preventive custody before the scheduled visit of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to India.

Sources said the list was being forwarded to the police forces of Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

The idea was to have potential trouble makers off the streets to ensure an incident-free summit between Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee and President Musharraf.

The list was prepared in close coordination with the state police forces. A large number of persons whose names figure in the list had been under surveillance for quite some time now. Intelligence sources said since the government was attaching considerable importance to the summit, it did not want any demonstration or untoward incident to sour the atmosphere during the deliberations. As such the Ministry of Home Affairs was asked to ensure that every thing goes off smoothly in the four cities. — New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Ajmer.

The sources also indicated that senior intelligence officials had already held several rounds of discussions with the state police officials and briefed them on the precautions to be taken during the visit of the dignitary in their respective states.

Meanwhile, the intelligence agencies have strengthened their presence in Agra and Ajmer. The sources said senior officers had set up camp offices in the two cities to monitor the operations during the next fortnight.


Musharraf cautiously optimistic

Islamabad, June 25
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said today that he was cautiously optimistic about next month’s summit meeting with Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee and vowed not to compromise on the country’s resolve to maintain minimum nuclear deterrence.

“South Asia must come out of the pit of poverty and learn to live in peace and harmony. It is in this spirit that I have accepted the invitation of the Indian Prime Minister,” he said.

“I am going there with cautious optimism”, President Musharraf, who will be visiting India for three days from July 14, said while addressing the 26th International Nathiagali Summer College on Physics and Contemporary Needs here.

He said he would continue to rely on nuclear deterrence as that was the only way Pakistan could protect its security and economic interests.

Stating that Pakistan’s capability “is entirely for self-defence,” he said: “We have no aggressive designs”.

Without mentioning India or the proposed cuts in Pakistan’s defence budget, he said, “We believe in acquiring minimum nuclear deterrence and do not want to direct our limited resources towards the race of weapons of mass destruction.”

The Musharraf government, for the first time in Pakistan’s history, has proposed a marginal Rs 2 billion cut in defence spending which in actual terms amounts to about 6.5 per cent.

Meanwhile, speaking to the mediapersons here yesterday defence spokesman Rashi Querishi and Secretary to Information Ministry Sayed Anwar Mehmood said Pakistan was not insisting on any fixed agenda for the summit.

Mr Mehmood said a two-member Foreign Office team was leaving for New Delhi on June 27 to work out the details of the programme of President Musharraf’s visit. PTI


Hurriyat meeting with Musharraf non-issue: India

New Delhi, June 25
India today described as a “non-issue”, the Hurriyat leaders’ decision to seek a meeting with the Pakistan President, Gen Pervez Musharraf.

An official spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry said that any meeting of the Hurriyat leaders with General Musharraf was a “non-issue” in the context of the Indo-Pak dialogue.

Asked whether the Hurriyat leaders would meet the Pakistan President at a reception being hosted by the Pakistan High Commissioner, the spokesperson said that General Musharraf’s programme here had to be finalised mutually. UNI

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