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US will urge Pak to 'do everything' to end terrorism in J&K: Blackwill
January 11, 2003 22:24 IST
Asserting that the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan cannot be changed by violence, the United States on Saturday said it would continue to urge Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf to 'do everything in his power' to permanently end terrorist infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir.
"A more normal relationship between India and Pakistan is possible to envision. But the issue of J&K must be addressed peacefully," US Ambassador to India Robert Blackwill told a gathering of people of Indian origin from America.
"Now is clearly a moment of optimism in J&K -- one that New Delhi, the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed government in the State, and the people of the region can collectively translate into tangible political and economic benefits," he stressed.
"Sadly, this extraordinary opportunity continues to be narrowed by terrible acts of terrorist violence in J&K. The LoC cannot be changed by violence. To the contrary, in the absence of an alternative, everyone should act to ensure the continued sanctity of the Loc," Blackwill said.
"For its part, the US will continue to urge President Musharraf to do everything in his power to end permanently terrorist infiltration into J&K.
He said the transformed Indo-US relationship 'is on a steep ascent based on their statesmanship'.
Noting that US President George W Bush has a 'global approach' to Indo-US relations, he said this was consistent with the 'rise of India as a world power'.
The US envoy said defeating terrorism for the US and India 'is a matter of survival for ourselves, for our democratic values, for our religious freedom, for our children, for everything that we hold dear'.
"Let us please name those for what they are, who murder innocents for political motives and who seek to bring down the very pillars of our democracy -- in New York, in Washington, at the assembly in Srinagar, at the Parliament in New Delhi," he said.
These murderers are not 'misunderstood idealists. They are not disadvantaged dissidents. They are not religious perfectionists. And they are not freedom fighters. They are terrorists, and we should always be sure to call them exactly that, Blackwill said.
Emphasising that the US and India would win the war on terrorism 'and that war will not be won until terrorism against India is ended once and for all', he said.
Regretting that Indo-US commercial ties remained far below their full potential, Blackwill said two-way trade between them was less than that between the US and Ireland, a country of less than four million people.
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