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Pak needs to do more: Powell
Tribune News Service

US Secretary of State Colin Powell with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee
US Secretary of State Colin Powell with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in New Delhi on Friday. — Reuters photo

Congress President Sonia Gandhi with US Secretary of State Colin Powell at her residence in New Delhi on Friday. 
— PTI photo

New Delhi, January 18
US Secretary of State Colin Powell today wound up his whistle-stop tour of the Indian subcontinent amid indications that the Musharraf regime in Pakistan was likely to deliver on New Delhi’s concerns regarding cross-bordering terrorism.

Meanwhile, India today provided further evidence to Pakistan and the USA about the involvement of 20 terrorists and criminals whose extradition was sought by New Delhi from Pakistan on December 31.

General Powell, who in the second leg of his 21-hour visit today met Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, his Principal Secretary and National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra and Leader of Opposition Sonia Gandhi, said the situation between India and Pakistan had changed during the past few days. He exuded confidence that more positive developments would follow.

General Powell said India had sent to Pakistan more information about the 20 terrorists whose extradition was sought by New Delhi. “I think we are on a path that will lead to restoration of dialogue and confidence-building activities, but it will take further action ( on Pakistan’s part) before we take that path”, he said.

Winding up his India visit, General Powell said at a press conference he addressed jointly with External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh that there was need for Pakistan to take “further action” on the list of 20 terrorists and criminals wanted by India before the two countries could resume dialogue.

General Powell indicated that when he talked of “some action”, he believed that this would pave the ground for resumption of dialogue between the two countries.

Mr Vajpayee told General Powell “the most important aspect now, today, or even later, is the earliest restoration of mutual confidence between the two countries.”

Mr Jaswant Singh said he was confident that President Musharraf would take appropriate action against the terrorists after examining fresh evidence.

General Powell said Washington did not see any role for itself in resolving Indo-Pak differences. “It is India and Pakistan who themselves have to resolve their problems and not the USA.” He endorsed India’s position that General Musharraf must translate his anti-terrorism agenda into action and expressed confidence that the two countries would pursue the diplomatic track to defuse the tense situation along the borders.

The visiting dignitary said he also discussed with Mr Vajpayee “new ideas” he had brought on the issue of Kashmir, including various diplomatic and political measures and ways for de-escalation from military steps once confidence was restored. General Powell said he was leaving India “very encouraged” that solutions could be found to the troubling situation.Back


Powell arrives in Nepal

US Secretary of State Colin Powell waves to reporters
US Secretary of State Colin Powell waves to reporters at Kathmandu airport on Friday. — Reuters photo

Kathmandu, January 18
US Secretary of State Colin Powell arrived in Nepal today to hold talks with the government about its fight against Maoist rebels.

“We are going to Nepal to show support for democracy, a democracy that is being attacked. We’re going to talk to them about the cooperation that we have,” a senior US official told reporters on Mr Powell’s flight from New Delhi to Kathmandu.

Nepal is fighting a Maoist rebellion which has left more than 2,300 people dead since it began in 1996.

The official said the USA supported Nepal in its battle against the Leftist rebels. “We object because it’s a Maoist guerrilla insurgency. We don’t like Maoists. We don’t like guerrillas and we don’t like insurgencies,” he quipped. AFPBack

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