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USA has joined India’s war on terrorism: Jaswant
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, November 26
External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh today said that by its actions in Afghanistan the USA had joined India’s war against terrorism which was nearly two decades old. He said India continued to recognise Mr Barhuddin Rabbani as President of Afghanistan and would send foodgrains, medical aid and relief material, besides giving a loan of $ 100 million to the new broad-based regime in Kabul.

Responding to a short-duration discussion in the Rajya Sabha on the suo motu statement given by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on the international situation arising out of the terrorist attacks on the WTC in the USA and his visit to Russia, the USA and the UK, Mr Jaswant Singh said Taliban were a creation of both the USA and Pakistan but “the two progeniters have left their progeny.”

The Prime Minister will reply to the discussion tomorrow.

The minister said India had already begun sending relief material to the war-ravaged people of Afghanistan with whom India had historical ties. He said India would extend a credit of $ 100 million soon after a broad-based government took over in Kabul.

Informing that India had an observer status in the G-21 meeting at Bonn on the future government in Kabul, Mr Jaswant Singh said that only Afghans should decide about their future government and India did not want to play a role in this decision-making. He, however, added that a solution to the Afghan situation could not be found without India.

Asserting that the government had been closely monitoring the situation in Afghanistan, Mr Jaswant Singh said India had set up a hospital at Farco in Tajikstan to serve the soldiers fighting there. The minister pointed out that top Northern Alliance leader Ahmed Shah Masood, who had paid a three-day visit to India, was killed in a plot hatched by the ISI.

He said Pakistan had expressed logistical difficulties in transporting the one million tonnes of foodgrains that India had offered to send to Afghanistan. He said apart from sending cassettes of Hindi movies and songs, which were greatly liked by the people in Afghanistan, the government would send ‘Jaipur Foot’ for the benefit of a large number of handicapped in that country.

Addressing concerns of the members who had participated in the discussion, Mr Jaswant Singh said the government was pursuing India’s future energy needs for which the Central Asian region was crucial.Back


India will tackle terrorism: Vajpayee

New Delhi, November 26
Declaring that India would overcome externally-sponsored terrorism, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee today asked the armed forces to come up with "innovative" responses to unconventional threats to country’s security.

"The revolution in technology has completely transformed the conduct of offensive and defensive military operations," Mr Vajpayee told the joint armed forces commanders meeting here asking the military strategists to "factor these developments into their long term defensive planning."

Stressing the need for long-term national defence policy, he said such a policy could draw in all these strands into a coherent action agenda to defend "our core national interest."

Referring to externally-sponsored terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and insurgencies in the North East, the Prime Minister said it was India’s resilient democratic polity, together with vigilance of armed forces, which could help "us overcome these challenges. And none should have the slightest doubt that we shall overcome them."

On the emerging security scenarios in the neighbourhood and in the world, Mr Vajpayee said the September 11 incidents in New York and Pentagon demonstrated vividly the nature and extent of the asymmetry in the confrontation between terrorism and the civilised world.

He said India had to constantly upgrade its technical and human capability to anticipate and counter such threats.

Though the Prime Minister sidestepped any direct reference to the USA and allied action in Afghanistan, Defence Minister George Fernandes was candid about what the global coalition against terrorism should do in the region.

Describing the September 11 attacks as a "turnaround in global security concerns" of the past 11 years, he said New Delhi’s innumerable initiatives at the UN and other international fora had failed to stir the world to cognizance of its concerns on terrorism. PTIBack


India, China hold talks on terrorism

Beijing, November 26
India and China have held the first-ever dialogue on combating terrorism with the latter expressing “firm” opposition to all forms of terrorism.

“The Chinese side is firmly opposed to all forms of terrorism”, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue said.

“On the issue of fighting terrorism, China will contact and consult with all relevant countries, including India,” Ms Qiyue said while commenting on the dialogue on terrorism which was held between senior officials of the two foreign ministries here. PTIBack

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