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Anti-terror war must target terrorism in J&K: Blackwill
December 04, 2002 07:15 IST
The global campaign against terrorism is incomplete unless the problem is addressed in Jammu and Kashmir, United States ambassador to India Robert D Blackwill said on Tuesday.
Talking to reporters after a meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Blackwill expressed his country's interest in helping end terrorism and in aiding the economic development of the state.
However, Blackwill refrained from commenting on Sayeed's 'healing touch' policy.
Speaking about the investment opportunities in the state, he emphasised on education, public health, energy and environment as the key investment areas.
Asked about the magnitude of economic help to Jammu and Kashmir, Blackwill refrained from making any announcement, but said that discussions were on about the best way to aid development in the state.
He praised the conduct of elections in the state and lauded the people for coming out in good numbers braving 'comprehensive terrorism'.
Later, Blackwill visited the Raghunath temple in Jammu, which terrorists had targeted on November 24. Describing the attack as 'heinous', the ambassador condoled the death of innocent devotees and expressed solidarity with the victims of the attack.
Blackwill also met Governor Girish Chander Saxena, leaders of various political parties and representatives of the state administration.
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