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'J&K may face another brutal summer due to Pak terrorism'
T V Parasuram in Washington |
April 22, 2003 17:23 IST
India fears 'another brutal summer' lies ahead for Jammu and Kashmir this year because of preparations in Pakistan to infiltrate more terrorists into the state, Indian Ambassador to the United States Lalit Mansingh said.
"Close to a 100 training camps have been spotted across the Line of Control, holding some 3,000 trained terrorists, destined for being sent to India. An additional 1,500 are already on the LoC, waiting to slip across, with the active assistance of the Pakistan armed forces," Mansingh said at a conference on India-US relations at the University of California, Los Angeles, during the weekend.
He said Pakistan was currently the epicentre of international terrorism that was particularly directed against India, adding the Taliban and Al Qaeda, displaced from Afghanistan, were regrouping in Pakistan.
"Terrorist leaders in Pakistan have been released from detention and are being freely allowed to mobilize funds for jihad. Most importantly, the Pakistani President has failed to fulfil his own solemn commitment made to the US to put a complete end to terrorist infiltration across the border and LoC into India."
The madrassas in Pakistan, Mansingh said, continued to double up as seminaries to terrorist forces.
Close to one million young men in Pakistan, currently enrolled in 15,000 madrassas, would be the soldiers of jihad tomorrow. The world has paid little attention to the danger that these 'terrorist factories' pose for those who cherish democracy and freedom.
The events of September 1, 2001, Mansingh said, did not represent the beginning of terrorism. September 11, however, did bring about the recognition of terrorism as a global phenomenon.
He said in the global war against terrorism there must be no distinction between terrorism that could be tolerated and that which could not, of terrorism directed against the West and against others, of one being the product of evil and the latter requiring resolution of its 'root causes'.
The campaign against terrorism would succeed "only if we are united in our conviction that terrorism can never be allowed to become an instrument of political negotiation," he said.
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